Oakland Police Officers To Receive Mandatory Critter Training

OAKLAND (AP) – Oakland police officers must now take dog and wildlife courses.

The order for mandatory training in dog and wildlife handling comes after high-profile shootings of a barking dog and a confused deer in neighborhood backyards.

The free training by the East Bay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will include several hours of instruction on dog behavior, local wildlife habits and alternatives to shooting animals.

The Oakland Police Department’s entire 679-officer force will be required to undergo the training once a year.

Oakland animal control director Megan Webb said it’s designed to make sure animals are treated humanely.

Two weeks ago, a barking 11-year-old arthritic yellow Labrador retriever was shot when officers entered a backyard in search of a burglar. In May, officers shot a fawn in a backyard.


One Comment

  1. T says:

    This just makes me sick. Those poor critters😦

  2. McDone says:

    Common sense should have taken effect long before the big tough, cops began slaughtering animals……it is a little late now….morons

  3. Great post! Thanks for sharing this post!

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