Lily's legacy: Animal control training for Fort Worth police

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 24 at 12:56 AM

FORT WORTH — The death of a dog at the hands of a Fort Worth police officer earlier this year is leading to change. The department will now offer all of its officers and supervisors a training course that aims to protect officers... and animals.

In May, a five-year-old Border Collie named Lily was killed in her backyard by a Fort Worth officer who was investigating a copper theft on Norma Street.  He was at the wrong address. 

News 8 spoke to the dog's owners, Mark and Cindy Boling, days after the incident.

"I know there's a lot of animal lovers out there that feel for my wife and I," Mr. Boling said in May.

On a Facebook page dedicated to Lily, the Bolings applauded the police department's actions.

"Mark and I are deeply pleased with what the Fort Worth Police Department and specifically Chief Halstead and Major Paul Henderson accomplished... animal control/encounter training for all Fort Worth Police officers," they wrote.

The department will give the media a look at the new training program on Wednesday.  It's an eight-hour course that aims to give officers and supervisors skills and techniques that can be used as alternative options when responding to canine calls. The Boling family will attend.

The couple never sued the city; they didn't want the officer who shot Lily to lose his job. They only wanted change.

They got it. It's now Lily's legacy.

E-mail mdiaz@wfaa.com

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