(Warning video could also be disturbing to some viewers.) Video reveals the officer sitting on and punching the police canine.
Vacaville Police say the Ok-9 was not returning a toy and bought aggressive — which prompted the officer’s violent response.
Protesters immediately referred to as on the division to take motion towards that officer.
“Police canines are law enforcement officials. If one cop is thrashing up one other cop, he ought to be fired,” one protester mentioned. “Some other time an officer would have been placed on depart straight away.”
However the metropolis says the investigation continues to be in progress.
“The town of Vacaville just isn’t making any excuses. We’re not justifying any habits. However we’re investigating the incident completely to ensure that no matter adjustments are neccessary — that we will make these adjustments to ensure nothing like this occurs once more,” mentioned Kris Concepcion, Interim Vacaville public info officer.
Vacaville Police say the Ok-9 has been taken away from the officer, however that officer continues to be working.
The San Francisco SPCA issued a press release Friday condemning what the group described as “Vacaville animal abuse,” relating to a video that went viral on social media this week depicting a Vacaville police officer punching his Ok-9 accomplice throughout a coaching train.
After the video circulated on Twitter and Fb, the town of Vacaville introduced Wednesday that it has undertaken what it described as “a radical 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 reveals 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 vice chairman of rescue and welfare mentioned being aggressive towards a canine may cause issues.
“It is a misguided perception that canines have to be dominated to be educated. 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 usually trigger your canine to grow to be extra fearful, anxious and doubtlessly aggressive,” mentioned Berger, who’s a veterinary behaviorist. “This common perception is inflicting critical hurt to pets and dealing canines alike. It hurts our relationship with our canines 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 celebration with experience in police canine coaching to assessment the incident, in addition to the police division’s insurance policies and procedures and canine coaching program.
“As soon as the assessment is full, the town will take applicable motion – together with any crucial 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 according to the business greatest practices,” the town mentioned.
Bay Metropolis Information contributed to this report.
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