Saturday, May 3, 2014 4:43:38 PM
One other thing. K-9s wear duty harnesses. The dog was most likely being suspended by the shoulders, not the neck, when being lifted off the ground. If the officer was strong enough, he could have held the dog up like that for 20 minutes and it would not have hurt the animal at all. He was simply establishing dominance.
If he wanted to choke the dog, they have choke collars specifically made for that. Which is why I strongly believe his intent was not to choke the dog by lifting it. The lead is secured to the harness, not a collar in most cases, and using the choker collar would require far less effort and would be more effective.
Saturday, May 3, 2014 4:33:28 PM
If the officer was indeed suspended, it had noting to do with abusing the K-9, but everything to do with appeasing an ignorant public.
I've been close friends with a guy since junior high who has been a K-9 police officer since the early 1990`s. I have seen him do very similar things with his K-9 while on duty when the animal gets too excited or aggressive. Unless you clearly establish dominance, an animal that size that has been trained to attack, may very well decide to blow you off and do its own thing.
They teach officers in K-9 training to use techniques that most of us would shudder to think of using on our pets. But remember, these are working police dogs, not a lap dog. They can be very aggressive and need to be firmly put in place at times.
And Drworm, my MOS was 5811 (military police) in the USMC, and I spent nearly 7 years as a civilian police officer. While never a K-9 officer, I still know what I`m talking about.