A Ramsey County, Minnesota, sheriff’s deputy is facing criminal charges after surveillance footage showed him allegedly abusing his K-9 partner.
Deputy Brett Arthur Berry, 48, was at Black Bear Casino on June 14 for a canine training and certification event. At around 3 a.m., deputies responded to a call from the casino of animal cruelty caught on video involving Berry, reports CBS Minnesota.
In the graphic video, embedded below, Berry is seen picking the dog up by his collar, dragging him, and then throwing him onto the ground. The dog then runs back to the casino where it got stuck by the doors and Berry then hits the dog repeatedly.
Before the attack on the dog, Berry had been asked to leave the casino lounge due to staff complaints. He returned to his room only to leave a few minutes later with the dog and go out to his vehicle.
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The next footage of Berry on camera shows the abuse toward the animal.
The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement: “Deputy Berry was sent home from the K-9 trials and placed on administrative leave … The K-9 was evaluated by a veterinarian and no injuries were found. The K-9 partner is currently in the care of others.”
In addition to being put on leave, Berry was arrested and charged with animal cruelty and assaulting a public safety officer, two misdemeanor charges, Inquisitr reports.
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