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Jul 25, 2014 2:25 PM by Associated Press

N. Idaho police to get training on dog encounters after shooting Colorado man's dog

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - Coeur d'Alene police officers in northern Idaho will be required to watch a series of training videos on dog encounters following the fatal shooting of a Colorado man's dog that sparked outrage.

Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Ron Clark tells The Spokesman-Review in a statement on Thursday that the training could help reduce lethal incidents without compromising safety.

Police on July 9 put out a statement that an officer responding to a report of a suspicious van had shot and killed a "vicious pit bull" that lunged for the officer's face from inside the vehicle.

The dog turned out to be a 2-year-old black Labrador mix named Arfee.

Clark has apologized to the dog's owner, a former Coeur d'Alene resident now living in Colorado.

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