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June 20, 2006

Colorado Alliance for Cruelty Prevention
Minutes for June 20, 2006

Present: Corey Price, John Cohen, Bill Reidell, Kay Dahlinger, Amy Rosendale, Mary Toornman, Jayme Nielson, Becky Stern, Norm Renter, Lisa Parks and Martha Smith

I. Reports on Recent Trainings

A. Kay Dahlinger, Chief Probation Officer for the City of Aurora, reported that she and Diane Balkin, Denver Deputy District Attorney, performed a Link training in Victorville, California for approximately 35-40 attendees. (If you ever go to Victorville, you should be aware that the Route 66 museum is there!)

Kay was very surprised to find out that the attendees were not aware that the State of California had a 52-week mandatory program for perpetrators of domestic violence, and even more surprised that they did not know that cross reporting between veterinarians, law enforcement, animal control, etc., was already in place.

Suzanne, the representative from the host city sponsoring the training, was disappointed because no local law enforcement or judges attended.  Nonetheless, Kay felt that it was very successful, as they have already received requests from Palmdale and Barstow (California) for trainings to be held.  This training is scheduled to be held in October, which is domestic violence month. 

Kay also mentioned developing a prototype presentation that digresses from the somewhat legal framework of prior presentations.

B. Martha Smith reported that she will be presenting the upcoming training on the Link in Fort Morgan on June 28 (next week) at 1:00 PM, along with Jan Mickish and Kathleen Schoen. 

II. Old Business

A. A brief discussion was held regarding getting this message (the Link) out to the right people so we could make more of a difference.  Mention was made about focusing on different groups to "sell" this philosophy, specifically police officers. Corey reminded the group that a short while ago we had already agreed to emphasize a more action oriented, targeted approach to spreading the word about the Link.  This should again be addressed by the group.

III. Future Trainings for CACP

A. Becky announced that few responses had been received for the July 21 meeting.  It was generally decided that if registrations were not at an acceptable level by approximately the 12th of July, the meeting would be cancelled.

She also announced that a presentation for the police training academy in Aurora has already been scheduled for October.

B. Corey Price, Dumb Friends League, reported that she has offered to host the 2007 Annual Conference for the Association of Professional Humane Educators on February 8 and February 9, 2007.  In conjunction with that, she anticipates a block of time approximately 1 1/2 hours long could be scheduled for a presentation to the attendees.  She is open for suggestions on whether it would be a panel discussion or some other format, but possibly including representatives from both DVERT and the Aurora Link, along with representatives from other groups nationwide.

IV. Other Business

Martha reported that several cities were considering dangerous dog ordinances as opposed to breed specific bans. This was the objective for the Coalition of Living Safely with Dogs. Cities include Wheatridge, Arvada and others.

Corey reported that the program "Healing Species" was the subject of a meeting at the Foote Center in Arapahoe County, and it may develop into an 11-session series beginning sometime in the fall. Deputy Rob Taillon of the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s office will be involved with the project.

She also mentioned that the BARK program will run again at the end of September, which will be the third time it has been run by MHCD and DFL.

She remarked that the first week of graduates from Critter Camp included some who cried upon graduating.  She said that they enjoyed the week so much that they didn't want to leave; she felt this was making a statement concerning the effectiveness of surrounding kids by people that care, both for them and the animals. She also mentioned that there will be a camp session next summer for middle school aged kids focusing on careers and taking action to help animals.

V. Next Meeting is July 18, 2006 at noon at the CBA offices (1900 Grant Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO, 80203).