Abuse of police dog alleged

GAINESVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations that a Gainesville police officer abused a police dog during training.

Police Chief Frank Hooper says the 10-year veteran, the senior dog handler, resigned three weeks ago. Hooper says it was learned the dog that had been assigned to him, a Belgian Malinois named Diego, was uncontrollably vicious. It had to be euthanized.

The chief said a videotape of training sessions showed what appeared to be an electric shock collar around the dog's midsection that delivered shocks to the genitals in an attempt to keep it from biting.

No charges have been filed, and the officer has not been identified. The handler denied mistreating the dog.

District Attorney Lee Darragh asked the GBI to investigate.



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