Following Jerod Mayo’s Dog Tragedy, RISPCA’s Warzycha Talks Keeping Your Dog Safe on LIVE

Saturday, August 25, 2018

 

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Joe Warzycha

Joe Warzycha, Director Of Operations at the Rhode Island SPCA, appeared on GoLocal LIVE to talk about keeping your dog safe with trainers and boarders, after former New England Patriot Jerod Mayo's dog Knox recently died at the hands of a trainer in Rhode Island. 

Warzycha advised pet owners against simply going off of online reviews alone, and to talk to and get recommendations from other pet owners and experts; he also advised against any training methods that use negative reinforcement.

In addition, he spoked to the lack of any regulations in the state for trainers -- in Rhode Island, trainers don't have to have a license or any qualifications, says Warzycha, who said that he, along with other animal welfare organizations, will be lobbying the General Assembly to pass legislation to require standards and oversight of the industry.
 

 

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