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Originally published Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 6:04 AM

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Dog owners lobby for training to avoid shootings

Dog lovers concerned about recent cases where law enforcement fatally shot people's pets are lobbying Colorado lawmakers on a bill to train law enforcement on how to handle canine encounters in the line of duty.

The Associated Press

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DENVER —

Dog lovers concerned about recent cases where law enforcement fatally shot people's pets are lobbying Colorado lawmakers on a bill to train law enforcement on how to handle canine encounters in the line of duty.

The bill is up for its first hearing in a Senate committee Wednesday. Hundreds of dog owners will rally at the Capitol for the bill.

The bill cites "Dog Fancy" magazine recognizing Colorado as one of the most dog-friendly states, and lawmakers say residents consider their dogs to be family members.

The proposal would require sheriff and police departments to train deputies and officers on how to recognize dog behaviors and employ nonlethal methods to control them when necessary.

The County Sheriffs of Colorado worked on the legislation and support it.

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Read the bill: http://goo.gl/YIyKv

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