Hammond Police Chief John Doughty stated an K-9 officer handled his police dog according to training regulations and the dog "was not abused or harmed in any way" reported nbcChicago.com.
A public outrage began last month, when a minute and ten second YouTube video posted by Mark Keepitreal in northwest Indiana, showed a Hammond Police officer lifting the dog to his hind legs and hitting the dog in the stomach with another lead. The officer then lifted the dog completely off the ground by its collar, swung him around and hit him; the dog was hit again as he was led back to the squad car.
The officer was suspended pending an investigation.
According to Chief Doughty, the canine had successfully assisted in finding contraband in a car. As a reward, the dog was given a ball to play with, and the dog wanted to extend his playtime. The recommended procedure to lead the dog successfully into the command is to apply upward pressure on the leash and state "out."
Vohne Liche Kennels, upon viewing the video, stated that the officer did not command the dog as he was taught, and it is improper to ever slap a dog, but the action was not considered abusive. The video ends with the dog wagging his tail as he jumps back into the patrol car.
According to Vohne Liche Kennels, the officer will receive additional training to make sure the incident is not repeated, but assures everyone that the German shepherd was not harmed.
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