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Accession Number PB2013-102939
Title Problem of Dog-Related Incidents and Encounters.
Publication Date Aug 2011
Media Count 52p
Personal Author C. Bathurst D. Cleary K. Delise L. VanKavage P. Rushing
Abstract Americans love dogs. There is roughly one dog for every four people in the United States, and they live in a variety of relationships with humans. Because dogs are so much a part of American society, police routinely deal with them in the line of duty, and not just when responding to calls about inhumane treatment or animal abuse, or when dogs are seen to present a danger to people. In fact, officers encounter dogs in the course of almost every kind of police interaction with the public, from making traffic stops and serving warrants to interviewing suspects and witnesses, and even pursuing suspects. A problem-solving policing approach to dog-related incidents and encounters should recognize the complexity of the human-canine relationship; the need for education concerning the human-animal bond and its well-documented benefits; and the need to regulate reckless and inhumane owner behavior to encourage public awareness of risk factors and to address human- and animal-behavior problems within the context of applicable statutes, rules, and regulations. The goal is safe, humane communities.
Keywords Animal abuse
Control systems
Police officers
Problem behavior
Problem solving
Public awareness
Risk factors
Traffic stops

Source Agency Office of Justice Programs.
NTIS Subject Category 43D - Police, Fire, & Emergency Services
91C - Fire Services, Law Enforcement, & Criminal Justice
98E - Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Medicine
Corporate Author Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1307
Contract Number N/A

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