Lily was shot and killed on May 26, 2012, by a Fort Worth police officer who had never received training to deal with his fear of dogs.
Enlarge photo by: Cindy Boling

Lily was shot and killed on May 26, 2012, by a Fort Worth police officer who had never received training to deal with his fear of dogs.

On a May afternoon nearly three years ago, Mark and Cindy Boling were unloading groceries from their truck when a young Fort Worth police officer responding to a nearby burglary mistakenly walked down their driveway.

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There’s legislation (HB 5361) headed for a vote in the House, forcing insurance companies to cover people who choose to own dangerous dog breeds and prohibit higher premiums for owners of dangerous dog breeds. Insurance company representatives testified that rates will go up for all policy holders, regardless of whether they own a poodle, a pit bull or no dog at all, if this bill becomes law.

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Behind the razor-wire fences and the cold stone walls of the state prison at Pine Grove, the unlikeliest of alliances is taking root between eight inmates at the maximum-security lockup and a quartet of puppies.

Day and night, the inmates — some of the state's toughest young offenders — are seldom without the pups at their sides.

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