If you’re like us, anytime you see an animal being mistreated it raises something primal inside of us, an angry force that cannot be stopped.
After all, animals are living beings, and they deserve to be treated with the same respect that we give to humans.
That’s why when we saw this video of a police officer from the Hammond Police Department being incredibly mean to a dog during an arrest, we immediately wanted to jump through the screen and intervene. Unfortunately though, the only thing we can do now is share the video and spread awareness of what actually went down.
It was a nice sunny day a few years ago when one man looked out his window and saw an arrest taking place outside his house.
For whatever reason, he decided to pull out his camera and start filming, and we’re glad he did.
As one officer deals with the individual being arrested, the other officer handles what we assume is that individual’s dog.
It could also be the department’s K9 unit. It is not entirely clear.
While we can understand that an officer might want to be cautious around a strange dog that he is not familiar with, once you see the video, you’ll likely agree with us that the officer’s actions were completely over the top. In fact, they border on down right abuse.
As the dog’s owner is being handcuffed against the police car, the other officer wrestles with the dog. Despite the fact that the dog is on a leash and sitting there pretty much perfectly behaved, the officer decided to punish the pup anyway.
He picks the dog several feet off the ground holding it only by its neck.
It’s shocking to watch.
The dog doesn’t even try and struggle, yet, the officer thinks it is necessary to lift up the pup by the neck a second time even.
This time, for added effect, he starts whipping the pup as well while he is holding it up in the air.
If any civilian individual did something like that to a police dog, they would probably end up spending life in jail.
Everyone knows how harsh the laws are towards mistreatment of a police dog. Yet, here we have an officer literally abusing this poor individuals’s dog in the middle of a public street.
It’s a very bold move, and if it wasn’t for the man capturing the event on camera, no one would have known.
The most infuriating part, however? Even with the video, the Hammond Police Department claims the dog “was not abused or harmed in any way.”
Police officers are supposed to protect and serve the public, and as a natural extension of that, it has to include our pets as well. No dog ever deserves to be treated the way that this one was on that day.
Honestly, the officer is very lucky that the dog didn’t take a bite out of his face. We know if we were the dog, we probably would have!
Watch the whole video of the officer’s abuse of the dog below. Warning… it is shocking.
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