Radio KNX 1070′s Brian Ping reports that the Board of Animal Commissioners is expected to have a special meeting this evening (December 12, 2012) to discuss and possibly decide on “temperament testing” of animals in shelters.
For the past 10 years, the policy has been to prohibit behavioral testing for animals in shelters. The current proposal would overturn that policy and replace it with participation in the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (ASPCA) Safety Assessment For Evaluating Rehoming (SAFER) program. This program is described as “an aggression assessment designed to assess the probability of future aggression in dogs age six months and older,” and “is intended to be one tool used to help identify the risk of future aggression and the individual behavioral support needed before adoption for each dog in a shelter.”
It comes as no surprise that the proposal has triggered emotions on both sides of the proposal.
Almost half of the shelter dogs in Los Angeles are pit bulls – their reputation for aggressive, and often times dangerous, behavior tends to negatively impact their chances of being adopted.
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