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Police officer placed on leave after abusive behavior to K9 is caught on video

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On April 30, a disturbing video of a Hammond, Ind., Police officer allegedly abusing a police canine, was posted to YouTube.com. According to the Northwest Indiana Gazette, the viral video reached Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr., who quickly took action.

A statement from the mayor was released with regards to what is seen on the video footage:

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 it's officers, nor is it tolerated in this administration.

The officer in question is being placed on Administrative Leave immediately, pending a further investigation. He will have his canine removed from his control during this leave while the PD further investigates this matter.

In the video, an officer is seen repeatedly lifting a German shepherd up by the dog's throat - at more than one point in time, the dog is completely lifted off of the ground - the officer can also be seen hitting the dog.

Warning! The video (linked below) contains unsuitable language for publication and it should not be watched and/or listened to, around anyone who might be offended by the content.

Click here to watch the video.

Petition for the officer to be punished for mistreating the K9 here.

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