CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Law enforcement and animal control staffers brushed up on animal behavior and handling techniques.

  • Moving slowly and patience helps animals in high stress situations
  • Animals pay attention to body language
  • Research shows that almost half of officers encounter some type of animal cruelty 

The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals teamed up with the North Carolina Animal Federation for training Wednesday. Instructors shared the importance of watching body language, plus a few lift and restraining techniques that keep both man and man's best friend safe.

"The animals, they're complete strangers to them. The animal is going to express behaviors whether its being defensive or protective of property or whathaveyou. It's the appropriate use of tools and there are certain tools used to keep animals safe," said Huck Nawaz of the Humane Society of Charlotte, who presented on behalf of the NCAF. 

Leigh Anne Garrard with ASPCA showed a few techniques on lifts and restraints, like a simple muzzle wrap.

"Patience, and moving really slow, that's best response for dogs that are in high stress situations," said Garrard.

ASPCA research shows nearly half of law enforcement officers encounter animal cruelty several times a year.



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