California police officer under investigation after a video shows him punching service dog 10 times
Netizens have already described the video of K-9 and the officer as being an animal abuse. At the same time, the Vacaville Police Department says 'ground and pound' is often used for dog training and it is too early to remove an officer from service.
"There is times during K-9 training, as I understand, that the dog can be struck," Vacaville police Capt. Matt Lydon commented on the incident to NBC Bay Area.
The witness, Roberto Palamino, says that the dog “cried,” while the officer hit him at least 10 times.
"The dog was crying. The dog was crying like somebody was running him over or something like that," Palamino said. "It was bad crying."
"Before the video, I saw him giving at least 10 punches to the dog," Palamino added.
At the moment, an investigation is underway, if abuse is found, the officer will not lose his job, but will lose his dog.