A Peoria police officer was seen whipping and kicking his own police dog in a disturbing video that surfaced this week.
The incident happened Saturday afternoon in the Illinois city, when police were surrounding a home and calling for a suspect to come out with hands up. A nearby resident heard the commotion and started to record video, but she caught something very unexpected.
As the police surrounded the house, the woman saw one officer whipping a police dog by its leash, then kick the animal in the head when it did not respond.
“It didn’t seem right to me I have never heard of an officer stomping on a dog or whipping it with a leash,” the witness told WFMY News. “The dog looks like a puppy and looks terrified of him. I think the officer needs to be disciplined or spoken to at least.”
Video of the troubling incident can be seen here, but be warned that it may be disturbing for some viewers.
This is not the first time this summer that a police officer has gotten in trouble for treatment of a police dog. In Hialeah, Florida, officer Nelson Enriquez was accused of leaving two police dogs inside his car when his shift ended. Both the animals were found dead later that day.
A police sergeant said Enriquez had worked a longer-than-usual shift before the incident and had been working on a sensitive case. He was reportedly devastated to find the dogs dead.
“This officer Enriquez lives in a wonderful home in Davie,” said Hialeah Police Sgt. Carl Zogby. “He’s got a big backyard, he’s got two beautiful kennels in his backyard and he definitely loves and pampers his dogs. They do and can live in the house. He can put them in the kennel when the weather’s right, but no, they lived in the house with the officer. They’re full members of the family. In fact, I’m hearing his children wouldn’t go to sleep if the dogs weren’t in the house.”
This follows a number of other high-profile incidents of police officers killing dogs. In Georgia, police shot and killed the dog belonging to Claudette Terry as she was moving into a new home. Terry was then ticketed for failing to keep the animal on a leash, WSB-TV reported.
The Peoria police officer seen whipping and choking the police dog was not identified. The police department is reportedly looking into the situation.
[Image via WFMY-News video]