Austin Police To Get Training To Lower Dog Deaths


After several dog shootings, the Austin police department has decided to provide training to all officers in order for them to learn to differentiate aggressive, dangerous dogs and playful, happy ones.

The department will spend $12,000 to train its 1,700 officers by the end of the month and instructor Jim Osorio will teach the officers to interpret dog behavior.

He also supports non-lethal force against attacking dogs, such as using batons, pepper spray and stun guns.  Further, the instructor advocates the use of an unarmed combat technique against dogs that he calls ‘hand-to-paw combat.’

 “There are dogs at one-third of all homes. First responders need to know how to react, how to read body language and how to protect themselves. It would be like sending a firefighter out that didn’t know CPR or a police officer who didn’t know how to do a traffic stop.”

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