A sheriff’s deputy from Minnesota is facing criminal charges after being caught on security camera beating his K-9 partner.
Brett Arthur Berry from Ramsey County Sheriff’s office was attending a training event at Black Bear Casino in Carlton, Minnesota. He was filmed outside the casino picking the dog up by his neck and throwing him to the ground.
Then, once the dog got back inside, the 48-year-old officer repeatedly hit his canine partner, called Boone, who got stuck in sliding doors. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Brett Arthur Berry from Ramsey County Sheriff’s office, Minnesota, is facing criminal charges after he was captured on a surveillance camera beating his K-9 partner.
2. The officer was at Black Bear Casino in Carlton, Minnesota, for a training event when he was seen picking the animal up by his neck before throwing him to the ground.
Police were called to the casino at 3:00 am on June 15 on reports of animal cruelty caught on video involving Berry.
An 18-year veteran of the department, Berry was asked to leave the casino’s lounge earlier that night by deputies due to staff complaints, according to ABC 5.
Visibly upset, Berry then hit Boone over the head.
The officer was arrested and charged with two misdemeanor counts: one for assaulting a public safety dog and one for animal cruelty.
Berry has been placed on administrative leave and sent home from the training school.
3. At one point surveillance footage caught him stomping on the helpless animal.
4. Berry also seems to try and hit the dog with part of the leash, but misses.
5. Berry, seen going up to his hotel room with the dog, has been placed on leave and is facing two criminal charges, including animal cruelty.
Meanwhile, Boone has been teamed up with another officer. The sheriff’s office said:
Deputy Berry was sent home from the K-9 trials and placed on administrative leave.
The K-9 was evaluated by a veterinarian and no injuries were found. The K-9 partner is currently in the care of others.
If convicted, Berry can get up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for each charge. Prior to this incident, one complaint had been filed against Berry in his 18-year career, involving “poor public relations” during a traffic stop.
6. A Ramsey County Sheriff’s deputy faces criminal charges after he was caught on surveillance cameras abusing his K-9 partner — a CBS report.
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