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Indiana police officer video taped abusing K-9 partner

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An Indiana police officer has been placed on administrative leave following the release of a video showing the officer allegedly abusing his K-9 partner.

The video, which is shared on youtube.com, was taken by a neighbor that witnessed the officer lifting the dog by the neck and beating the dog. The dog has been removed from the officer.

The following details were shared by lifewithdogs.tv:

When a video appeared on YouTube of a Hammond, Indiana police officer abusing his K-9 partner, the city’s mayor took prompt action. He spoke out against the abuse and saw that the man was suspended. The officer is now being investigated and will hopefully face more than paid leave.

The Mayor of Hammond, Indiana, where this incident of animal abuse is reported to have taken place is Thomas McDermott. He had this to say about the incident, which was also shared by lifewithdogs.tv:

Anybody who loves dogs as much as I do is always saddened and shocked anytime you hear of a dog’s abuse. When you find out it happened with an employee of yours, it makes it that much more shocking and disturbing. Please know that the Hammond PD does not condone that type of behavior of any of its officers, nor is it tolerated in this administration.

Some readers may be upset to learn that the officer accused of animal abuse is on paid leave during the investigation of the details shown on the video. However, this is standard procedure in such cases.

If the video had not been taken by the neighbor and shared with others, would there be an investigation into this situation? Animal abuse seems to be common in the United States. However, people never expect officers or anyone in a position of authority to harm an animal or any sort.

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