NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, May 2, 2014, 1:59 PM
A brutish Indiana cop may lose his badge after he was caught on camera getting rough with his K-9 partner.
Video of the Hammond patrolman lifting the dog off the ground by its collar and striking it with its own leash surfaced Wednesday, prompting the Hammond PD to put the cop on administrative leave for abusing the pooch.
A resident of the Knickerbocker apartments in the northwest Indiana city captured the sad scene with a cell phone camera, local NBC reported.
"Look at him! He's whipping that [expletive] dog!" the shocked cameraman says.
The officer wasn't identified. The dog was removed from his care, authorities said.
Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. said the abuse footage left him cold.
"Anybody who loves dogs as much as I do is always saddened and shocked anytime you hear of a dog's abuse, McDermott said in a statement.
"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."
A Hammond police spokesman told NBC the cop's methods were "inconsistent with acceptable training guidelines."
But one Illinois dog trainer told the Chicago Sun-Times the cop's actions were not necessarily abusive.
"If that dog was trying to bite, biting is a 'hanging offense,' and we will choke them out to get them to come to their senses because that shows the animal who's in control," Pat McInerney, owner of Macs K-9 in Crete, told the newspaper.
"We don't have enough of the video, though, to see why the dog was being disciplined," he said.
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