After the video circulated on Twitter and Fb, town of Vacaville introduced Wednesday that it has undertaken what it described as “an intensive investigation of the incident,” has separated the canine from the police officer and is reviewing its canine coaching program.
Police say the canine has since been examined by a veterinarian and exhibits no indicators of harm.
In response to the video, “the San Francisco SPCA, being a pacesetter in canine habits and coaching, would really like the general public to know that bodily threatening or harming an animal is rarely acceptable, whatever the animal’s habits,” the group mentioned Friday.
The group’s vp of rescue and welfare mentioned being aggressive towards a canine may cause issues.
“It is a misguided perception that canine should be dominated to be skilled. The concept that an individual should assume the ‘alpha’ place pervades our society and has considerably broken the welfare of our canine companions and put many handlers in danger for critical accidents,” mentioned Jeannine Berger of the SPCA.
“Being aggressive towards your canine will typically trigger your canine to turn into extra fearful, anxious and doubtlessly aggressive,” mentioned Berger, who’s a veterinary behaviorist. “This in style perception is inflicting critical hurt to pets and dealing canine alike. It hurts our relationship with our canine and causes extra issues than it solves.”
Earlier, PETA mentioned the incident is not coaching, however “abuse.”
The Metropolis of Vacaville additionally mentioned Wednesday that it has retained an impartial third social gathering with experience in police canine coaching to evaluate the incident, in addition to the police division’s insurance policies and procedures and canine coaching program.
“As soon as the evaluate is full, town will take acceptable motion – together with any needed self-discipline and/or coaching, in addition to any wanted adjustments to insurance policies and procedures to make sure the police division’s canine program is in keeping with the trade finest practices,” town mentioned.
ABC7 Information contributed to this report.
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