The shooting of Star the dog was the first video that captured an NYPD officer shooting a dog in public. The video went viral and so did the public’s outrage towards these types of mindless police shootings. More police departments are being sued every year because of an officer’s quick draw, and shoot first approach, when they come into contact with a strange dog. The video of Star being shot is now being used as a training aid to help officer’s stop and assess their situation and the dog’s behavior before they reach for their gun.
Reno DiDomenico, Animal Control Director for the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, is the instructor that teaches the new Deputies on dog bite prevention, and the non-lethal tactics they can utilize during encounters with aggressive or non-aggressive animals. The course that is now being offered to the new recruits, was a collaborative effort by the Rochester Sheriff’s Office, the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, and K9 partners of Monroe County.
The new Deputies are learning signs and scenarios when dealing with potentially dangerous dogs. This includes communicating with the dog’s owner and/or the animal itself. Other alternatives being taught are how to use a bite stick, a baton, flash lights, or requesting assistance from the Humane Society Officers.
K9 partners of Monroe County has recognized the Sheriff’s Office as a model for the entire State of New York when dealing with this type of training.
This training will be available for any police agency that is interested in the training for their department.
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