Gov. Quinn Signs Bill to Mandate Police Training

By Steve Dale, August 9, 2013 at 9:32 pm
Gov. Quinn Signs Bill to Mandate Police Training: Steve Dale's Pet World
With Gov. Quinn at another bill signing, this one involved enhanced penalties for dogfighters near day care centers, schools or children’s play areas

Steve Dale’s Pet World, August 24 radio show will be broadcast from Wrigley Field, starting at 1 p.m. CDT,  as a part of several WGN Radio broadcasts of the Wood Family Foundation celebrity Wiffle for a Diffle (wiffle baseball at Wrigley for charity). Listen at 720 AM or here.

At 1:45 Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signs a bill live on my show. Here is the press release from the office of the Governor:

CHICAGO –Governor Quinn today signed a new law that provides for a training program in animal fighting awareness and humane response for law enforcement officers. The new law is part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to protect pets and ensure that all animals in Illinois are treated ethically and responsibly.

“There is no place in Illinois for animal fighting and this new law will create awareness and help law officers deal with this kind of cruel behavior,” Governor Quinn said. “We also need to crack down on the mistreatment of animals in Illinois and this law will make sure our officers know the best way to respond to animals while out on the streets.”

House Bill 3388 adds language to the Illinois Police Training Act and includes a training program in animal fighting awareness. The bill provides that within the program there must be training dealing with humane responses to animal abuse, identifying animal fighting operations, and nonlethal ways to subdue canines.

Training will help create awareness and make it easier to see potential signs of dog-fighting in order to identify and break up dog-fighting rings.  Since these animals are bred to fight, they become extremely aggressive and a threat to the public. This legislation would help make it easier for officers to protect the public and themselves.  It also trains the officers in ways to subdue aggressive and abused animals in a nonlethal manner.

Today’s bill signing took place live on Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show on WGN radio.

The new law will take effect January 1, 2014.