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HAMMOND, Ind. – A police officer in Indiana has been placed on administrative leave after a YouTube video apparently shows him abusing a police dog.

NBC Chicago reported that the unnamed Hammond officer is seen lifting the dog into the air by the leach and swinging it around.

The YouTube video was posted on Wednesday. It also shows the officer striking the dog with what appears to be another leash.

“At this time, the Department has observed behavior by the K-9 handler that appears to be inconsistent with acceptable training guidelines,” a spokesperson for the department said.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

“Anybody who loves dogs as much as I do is always saddened and shocked anytime you hear of a dog’s abuse,” said Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr., in a statement. “When you find out it happened with an employee of yours, it makes it that much more shocking and disturbing.”

Read more: NBC Chicago


  • Cheryl Eads

    Why was he not taken to jail, anyone else would be if they where not a Police officer, I would hate for this so called officer to have a family member of mine that had to be taken to jail, what would he do to a young kid in trouble, if you can do a animal like this you are just down rite mean…..TAKE HIM TO JAIL just what he would do if he saw some one doing this sh.t

    • Diane

      I agree! What allegedly! He was videoed and his abuse couldn’t be more clear! Why is he NOT in JAIL???? He is a creep and a coward wearing a badge and a gun, making him very dangerous!!!

  • My2€ent$

    If the dog would have bit him the dog would have been put down…such a sad world we live in….

  • Bazinga

    Arrest this man!!!!!! If this was anybody other than a cop, they would have been arrested. Evidence is clear! I feel bad for this dog! Why would the crappy mayor make a statement like this about animals and not himself want to lock this man up for animal cruelty!!!!

  • dobydog1

    this scum needs to be fire, arrested and do prison time for animal cruelty. if he will do this to his partner (which is what a k9 is) what will he do to a person in his custody?

  • Cindy

    On administrative leave?! Really?! Fire this scumbag and make him pick up garbage and clean up parks for a long time!

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