Los Angeles, CA – spcaLA has recently been made aware of a video posted by Tomi Lahren, in which she states she “had to” kick her dog, Kota, about “five times” because the dog was loudly chewing on her bone during an appearance by Ms. Lahren on Fox & Friends.
While it is doubtful that Ms. Lahren is admitting to criminal animal abuse, her statement is a prime example of how, and why, words matter. Showing empathy and compassion for animals – from our actions to the words we choose – has a direct, positive effect on our community.
spcaLA has become nationally and internationally renowned for its Teaching Love and Compassion (TLC)™ program, a violence-prevention program that works with students and shelter animals to help break the cycle of violence. TLC students practice patience, compassion, and empathy while training select shelter dogs via positive reinforcement methods. Students also participate in discussions and activities focused on a variety of topics, such as: conflict resolution, empathetic choices, anti-bullying, and kindness towards themselves and others.
We would welcome Ms. Lahren to visit spcaLA, to learn more about the TLC program perhaps even to attend one of our TLC graduation ceremonies. There, Ms. Lahren would see empathy in action, first-hand.
Further, if Ms. Lahren would like assistance in training her dog using positive reinforcement methods, spcaLA offers private training as well as a wide variety of group training classes, from basic obedience to agility and fun nose work.
If you have witnessed animal cruelty in the state of California, it can be reported to spcaLA HERE.