The officer in question is being placed on Administrative Leave immediately, pending a further investigation.
He will have his canine removed from his control during this leave while the PD further investigates this matter.
Anybody who loves dogs as much as I do is always saddened and shocked anytime you hear of a dog’s abuse. When you find out it happened with an employee of yours, it makes it that much more shocking and disturbing. Please know that the Hammond PD does not condone that type of behavior of any of its officers, nor is it tolerated in this administration.
MailOnline was awaiting a comment from the K-9 Unit of the Hammond Police Department.
Four of the dogs in the K-9 unit are trained to detect narcotics and two are trained to detect explosives.
The police’s website states that ‘training is major part of the duties of a K-9 Team’.