HAMMOND, Ind. - A video captured by a witness has put a northwestern-Indiana police officer on leave after it shows him abusing his K-9 companion out in broad daylight.
The video -- which could be considered graphic by some -- was posted to the internet recently and shows a Hammond Police Department officer lifting his K-9 off the ground by his collar and hitting him with a leash. See for yourself in the video player above.
It reportedly happened on a busy street with other officers nearby.
According to affiliate ABC7 in Chicago, Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott says the officer has been put on administrative leave for the incident, and the dog in the video was removed from his control.
Mayor McDermott said in a statement: "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."
The Hammond Police Department is not releasing the officer's name, citing the fact that this is a personnel issue.
School works to honor boys, mom killed in crash
It’s been a tough first month back for Center Grove students. Two of their fellow students – Aidan and Branson Buck – were…
Woman's body found in rural Hancock County
Hancock County authorities were investigating Thursday after a woman's body was found near Jacob Schramm Nature Preserve.
Watch the Colts on Monday Night Football on RTV6
Are you ready for some football on RTV6?
Marion Co. reports first human case of West Nile
Marion County reported its first human case of West Nile Virus for 2015 this week.
Josh McNary found not guilty on all charges
Ex-Colts linebacker Josh McNary has been found not guilty on all charges in his rape trial.