On Wednesday, a video appeared on Youtube of a Hammond, Ind. police officer seemingly abusing his department’s dog.
The officer’s actions were caught on video from inside a second floor window. The officer can be seen repeatedly lifting the dog into the air by his collar.
He then proceeds to whip the dog with his leash.
As the news of and outrage over the officer’s mistreatment of the dog spread, the video went viral.
Amongst those who came to hear of the officer’s actions was Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr., who took immediate action in criticizing the officer.
“Anybody who loves dogs as much as I do is always saddened and shocked anytime you hear of a dog’s abuse,” McDermott said in a statement.
“When you find out it happened with an employee of yours, it makes it that much more shocking and disturbing,” McDermott continued. “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.”
Sticking true to his word, McDermott placed the officer on administrative leave, effective immediately. Further investigation is pending.
The Mayor also stated that the dog will be removed from the officer’s control as investigations continue.