N.C. Highway Patrol Suspends Use Of Canines

The state Highway Patrol has indefinitely suspended use of its 10 police dogs following a personnel hearing about a trooper who was fired after kicking his dog.

Patrol spokesman Lt. Everett Clendenin said Wednesday the order
came from Bryan Beatty, secretary of the Department of Crime
Control and Public Safety. Beatty said he was troubled some
troopers believed kicking a dog was acceptable training.

Rough training techniques were discussed during the personnel
hearing for Sgt. Charles Jones. Jones was fired after video became
public that showed him kicking his dog while the animal was
suspended in the air.

During the hearing this week, troopers in the canine program
said dogs have been shocked with a stun gun, kicked and suspended
until they are nearly unconscious.


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  • by sophie Location: chowan county on May 2, 2008 at 04:02 AM
    Mike...very well said. Maybe it is officers such as these that investigated Vick and initially thought there was no issue....after all, they didn't treat their animals any different than he did.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on May 1, 2008 at 02:02 PM
    Sounds like the patrol doesn't know how to train dogs properly. Did they get their traing from the Michael Vick School of Dog Handling?
  • by Linda Location: Greenville on May 1, 2008 at 10:46 AM
    So the "man" with the badge is considered superior in my book - the poor defenseless police dog - this guy should be fired and get some of the riff-raff out of the Police force!!! Give me a break
  • by Ziggy Location: Greenville on May 1, 2008 at 09:30 AM
    Just another example of law enforcement personnel thinking they are superior! Give us all a break, do your job, stop beating helpless animals. Can the citizens file animal cruelty charges?
  • by Hello Location: NC on May 1, 2008 at 09:22 AM
    Any officer who admits to this form of behavior should be charged with (and hopefully found guilty of) assaulting a law enforcement animal. Then, the NC Law Enforcement Training and Standards Commission should strip the officers of their law enforcement certifications forever. Also, the money contributed by the State into their Law Enforcement Officer's Retirement accounts should be taken from them and returned to the State.
  • by Josuha Location: Oregon on May 1, 2008 at 08:40 AM
    I was a cop for 14 years (a long time ago.) It's a different breed now. To fast with the gun or 'stungun'. Back then, we were issued a brain first and trained how to use it. Just my 2 cents.
  • by eugene Location: bethel, nc on May 1, 2008 at 07:12 AM
    anyone who would treat an animal like that shown on the news, needs to be fired and stay fired.
  • by sophie Location: chowan county on May 1, 2008 at 05:56 AM
    While I am relieved that the Highway Patrol has suspended the use of dogs I am still sickened by this. Who taught the officers that this was an acceptable method of treating an animal? Where are these 10 dogs now...please tell me they are NOT still in the care of the officers they worked with. "dogs have been shocked with a stun gun, kicked and suspended until they are nearly unconscious." This statement, in itself, has caused me to loose respect for any officer in a HP uniform.....HOW COULD THEY?!?
  • by Angela Location: Greenville NC on May 1, 2008 at 05:24 AM
    I think this is absolutely disgusting! My opinion of the NC Highway Patrol has definately dropped many notches. Not for one minute do I believe that anyone with the Highway Patrol didn't know this was going on. Let's tie up and suspend the human officers and beat them to train them! See how it feels!! This man does not need to be a NC Highway Patrolman - he does not deserve his job back. If he gets it back, once again the judicial system has let us down! It's sad to know that we have officers of the law like this in our state!!!
  • by William Location: Rocky Mount on Apr 30, 2008 at 11:11 PM
    If I had abused a dog like that I would be guilty of a misdemeanor. If I had abused a police dog like that I would be guilty of a felony. Why should the law be any different for the enforcers?
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