California officer was stripped of custody of K-9 after video shows him punching dog more than 10 times
A disturbing video of a Vacaville officer pinning a service dog to the ground and hitting it resulted in the dog being taken into custody elsewhere.
The dog has "been removed from the care of his handler" and was examined by a vet, the department said.
According to the results of an internal investigation, the department stated that there were no violations in training, as the dog first showed aggression towards the trainer and physical pressure was necessary to pacify the animal.
The names of the officer and the dog have not been released.
"We understand how disturbing the video appears to many who view it and the range of emotions it creates. What the video doesn’t show is the moments prior, when the canine became aggressive towards his handler," the department said in a statement. "We want to assure the public this incident is being evaluated in its entirety and will be investigated appropriately."
The San Francisco SPCA fundamentally disagrees with the police report and called the incident "animal abuse."
"The San Francisco SPCA, being a leader in dog behavior and training, would like the public to know that physically threatening or harming an animal is never acceptable, regardless of the animal's behavior," the organization said.