Abuse of police dog alleged

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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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Nammy3 07/11/09 - 05:29 pm
OMG!! Now there's NO need in

OMG!! Now there's NO need in that! MY GOD! Poor thing. MUZZLE! THAT would keep him from biting! With absolutely NO pain! Jesus! Is this a BS story? It just seems it - the way it was put out there as a "used" link but, the headline caught my eye...

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Rolling Eyes 07/12/09 - 02:12 pm
This is on video tape but the

This is on video tape but the charges are considered allegations? Did he really think that shocking a dogs genitals would have a calming effect?? Would that officer be willing to use that contraption on himself to see if he'd have a sense of serenity and peace or if instead it would make him want to bite somebody too?! It sounds like the officer's abuse made this dog go vicious and
Diego life became forfeit. At least the dog is no longer suffering at the hands of his handler. Hopefully if the cop is found guilty the judge will throw the book at him!

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