House Bill 3388 adds language to the Illinois Police Training Act, including a training program in animal fighting awareness. This bill will include training that deals with humane responses to animal abuse, identifying animal fighting operations, and non-lethal ways to subdue canines.
The bill signing took place live on Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show on WGN radio. Quinn talked about the bill saying
“There is no place in Illinois for animal fighting and this new law will create awareness and help law officers deal with this kind of cruel behavior. also need to crack down on the mistreatment of animals in Illinois and this law will make sure our officers know the best way to respond to animals while out on the streets.”
Training will help create awareness and make it easier to see potential signs of dog-fighting in order to identify and break up dog-fighting rings. Since these animals are bred to fight, they become extremely aggressive and a threat to the public.
Not only will officers be trained in how to recognize different dog behavior, officers will learn how to subdue the dog without shooting it.
House Bill 3388 received its motivation from an incident in Chicago back in December when Al and Barbara Phillips Miniature Bull Terrier was shot by a police officer for no apparent reason. It was after this incident that Best Friends Animal Society senior legislative analyst Ledy VanKavage told Governor Quinn how often this happens.
Not only in Illinois, but nationwide, police have a tendency to shoot the dog first and ask questions later.
The new law is part of Governor Quinn's commitment to protect pets and ensure that all animals in Illinois are treated ethically and responsibly, and will take effect January 1, 2014.