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I think Training Wheels sounds like a great program. However, ... and educational, and thoroughly ineffective ways to go about it.

The auther of letter point was..AC was already at the house. Why not knock on the door and have a few words with the owner. Not make special trips. How would people take to that? Would they listen, would they be angry?

People already look down enough on AC (cops who failed) that AC stepping in and saying "You're not breaking the law, but it would be nice if you did this..." probably wouldn't go over real well.

Marcel and Moogli
http://mudbunny.blogspot.com /
The auther of letter point was..AC was already at the house. Why not knock on the door and have a few words with the owner. Not make special trips. How would people take to that? Would they listen, would they be angry?

Probably some of each, based upon my experience. But it depends so much upon how the information is presented to them.

My preference is to approach people directly in case I've missed something which ameliorates the specific situations.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
in thread Marcel Beaudoin (Email Removed) whittled the following words:

I never ever heard of AC referrred to as Cops who failed.
I never ever heard of AC referrred to as Cops who failed.

That is the general attitude I have seen around here...

Marcel and Moogli
http://mudbunny.blogspot.com /
lgohr...@hotmail.com wrote in
People already look down enough on AC (cops who failed) that AC stepping in and saying "You're not breaking the law, but it would be nice if you did this..." probably wouldn't go over real well.

I did NOT say this. I have the upmost respect for ALL forms of law inforcement. I would never refer to any sort of officer as that.

Just wanted to clear that up, because it looks like I posted it.
...People already look down enough on AC (cops who failed) that AC stepping in and saying "You're not breaking the law, but it would be nice if you did this..." probably wouldn't go over real well.

I've never heard ACOs called "cops who failed" If anything, ACos are people who prefer to deal with a higher class of animal.

Locally, ACOs are getting more and more respect. Some people will always despise them, but more people are beginning to admire what they accomplish.
If you don't have a dream,
how are you going to have a dream come true?
- Oscar Hammerstein II
... The auther of letter point was..AC was already at the house. Why not knock on the door and have a few words with the owner. Not make special trips. How would people take to that? Would they listen, would they be angry?

Locally, ACOs leave door hangers with certain messages. I favor expanding the scope of those messages. Plenty of people don't know the harm they are doing to their dogs. Upon learning, some folks would make positive changes: others people wouldn't not change a thing.

Is it worth the extra nickel, for an ACO who is already there, to leave a recommendation about care? Yes! It absolutely is worth it! IMHO The message needs to be from the local shelter, not the ACO, and backed by a thorough bibliography. It needs to clearly stipulate that it is a sage recommendation, and not yet the law.
So much dog abuse happens because dog lovers, through inaction, send the message that it doesn't matter what others do to their dogs. I believe we have an obligation to make animal abuse (even cats) socially unacceptable even dangerous!

Whatever it takes.
...AC answer was No laws were being broke, they can't say or do a thing. How do you all feel ... you would be comfortable with? Do you think it would lead to our rights being stepped on as dogs owners?

Scenarios like this are faced by ACOs every day. Every Day! It is our fault: not the ACOs. I've seen plenty of grown men at the point of tears, because they had to walk away from a heart-breaking, but legal, situation.
It should be legal and encouraged through funding, etc., to educate the public. LOL! "Funding" isn't that a joke! :-(
As for stepping on our rights as dog owners, far too many dog owners already have far too many rights. The yard ornament that written about is essentially being tortured, and why? Because the owner has the right.
How civilized are we? Just look at how we treat our animals.
Marcel referred to Animal Cops as cops who failed
I think that was a fairly accurate statement and certainly not all of them. But for the most part they seem to be wannabe's the ones who couldn't make the grade as a cop and like to walk around with their shiny badges and God forbid a gun!!
Be Free,
Judy
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