Consider this alarming statistic: In the United States, a dog is shot by a police officer every 98 minutes. For most police departments across the country, nearly half of all intentional firearm discharges involve incidents with dogs, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The ASPCA says that while some of these incidents may be justified, many involve police killing family pets on the pet owners’ property. To prevent these shootings, Colorado and Texas have enacted laws requiring all law enforcement officers to receive training in how to humanely handle encounters with dogs. After a horrifying video went viral in 2013 of a Hawthorne, Calif.