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April 17, 2007

Minutes
April 17, 2007

Present: Denise Mikita, Joan Casey, Martha Smith, Becky Stern, Kay Dahlinger, Barbara Riedell, Bill Riedell, Kathleen Schoen, Cheryl Law

Future Trainings:
Diane Balkin – Eagle County on April 27th, 2007

Kay Dahlinger - June 1st, 2007

Joan Casey - Montrose police officers requested advanced training on the forensics involved in domestic violence cases.  Discussion that this could present a networking opportunity and the next step after the Link trainings are presented.

Legislation:
HB07-1235 Cruelty to Animals - House “including animal” in criminal statute; civil statute in protective order was amended out; have third reading tomorrow in House but not to Senate yet.

Other Business:
Kay and Becky reported that Aurora police officer Jeffrey Prince(?) was awarded for his exemplary contributions to recognize animal cruelty.  The award ceremony was very successful.

Denise reported that the vet technician trainings do not address the Link. With legislation considering mandatory reporting of animal cruelty bill, if passed, consideration should be given to putting together packets of resources.

Becky Stern was mentioned in the Rocky Mountain News on 4.11.07 as the New York Times cited the DFL for their dog behavior program adopted in the mid-90’s. It teaches “shelter manners” to abandoned dogs and allows them to become more “adoptable” and offers “behavior training classes for dog adoptees and other dog owners in the community.” The article recognized them as innovative with regard to animal behavior analysis for dogs that end up in shelters and called it “New Tricks.”

Next Meeting
Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 12:00 – 1:30 pm.