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Police Officer on Leave After Video Shows Alleged Animal Abuse
HAMMOND, Ind. -- After video surfaced of an officer lifting his K-9 partner off the ground by its collar and hitting it with the leash, the police department is taking action.
The video of the Hammond, Ind., police officer was captured by a resident of an apartment complex that was overlooking a traffic stop. The officer and his K-9 partner were called to search the vehicle for possible drugs.
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"As soon as we saw the video there was literally only 150 views of the video at the time I saw it and I realized it was a serious situation right from the start," said Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. to CBS affiliate WBBM-TV in Chicago.
After viewing the video, the Hammond Police Department suspended the officer seen in the video "pending a full investigation."
According to the video, a spokesperson for the department issued this statement: "At this time, the department has observed behavior by the K-9 handler that appears to be inconsistent with acceptable training guidelines."
"Anybody who loves dogs as much as I do is always saddened and shocked anytime you hear of a dog's abuse," Mayor McDermott said. "When you find out it happened with an employee of yours, it makes it that much more shocking and disturbing. Please know that Hammond PD does not condone that type of behavior, nor is it tolerated in this administration."
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