North Idaho

Coeur d'Alene PD required to watch dog behavior video in wake of shooting

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene Police officers are being required to watch a video from the Department of Justice on how to recognize dog behavior, in the wake of an incident this month where an officer shot a man's dog.

The dog, a lab-mix named Arfee, was waiting in a vehicle while his owner was inside a downtown Coeur d'Alene business getting coffee. Police originally said the dog was a vicious pit bull that lunged at him through the vehicle's window. Arfie's owner Craig Jones is contemplating a lawsuit against police for the incident.

"They clearly shot through the window and the bullet definitely ricocheted off the window," Jones told KXLY earlier this month. " Coeur d'Alene Police say they're investigating what happened and the chief apologized to the community at a city council meeting two weeks ago.

Thursday, Coeur d'Alene Police sent out a news release, saying Chief Ron Clark has been looking into training for officers who encounter dogs. The release says Chief Clark found a video from the Dept. of Justice "which was found to be very informative and useful for police officers in dog encounters."

The training, described as mandatory, will help officers "learn to read a dog's body language and recognize a scared dog verses a dangerous dog... The videos teach officers how their approach can affect a dog's behavior."