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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