Los Angeles, CA — Incidents of family dogs being shot by officers are prevalent, most recently a dog named Baloo died after being shot by an officer from the Los Angeles Police Department. The circumstances of Baloo’s death are still under investigation, however Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) urges law enforcement to exhaust other alternatives before using lethal force on a family pet.

spcaLA offers the only Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified course that teaches officers how to interpret dog behavior. The course, “Dog Behavior for Law Enforcement,” was created to address the specific needs of law enforcement and includes the most current and credible information available from an array of recognized, respected leaders in animal science fields. It teaches officers to assess a credible threat and how to utilize the equipment they have available. spcaLA’s Director of Animal Protection Services, Lieutenant Cesar Perea and Director of Animal Behavior and Training, Eleasha Gall, CPDT-KA, spent more than a year creating the course.

spcaLA is the only private animal welfare organization in Los Angeles that is also Law Enforcement. spcaLA Humane Officers hold the same powers of Peace Officers in the state of California when investigating animal cruelty. As both a law enforcement agency and an animal welfare organization, spcaLA is uniquely qualified to understand the needs of officers and companion animals.

Dog Behavior for Law Enforcement is being offered January 17, 2017 at the spcaLA P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village & Education Center.

Better equipped officers benefit all members of our community, law enforcement and pets included.

For more information, please contact Ana Bustilloz at 323-730-5300 x252, cell 323-707-1271 or abustilloz@spcaLA.com.

Since 1877, spcaLA has been the premiere independent, nonprofit animal welfare organization serving Southern California. There is no national SPCA, parent organization, or umbrella group that provides financial support to spcaLA. Donations run programs and services including Cruelty Investigation, Disaster Animal Response Team, Humane Education, and a variety of shelter services.