K-9 allegedly beaten by Ramsey County deputy doing well
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. -- A Ramsey County sheriff's office K-9 whose deputy partner was charged with assaulting him is doing well, the sheriff's office said. The sheriff's office posted to its Facebook page a video shot Wednesday that shows the K-9, ...
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. -- A Ramsey County sheriff’s office K-9 whose deputy partner was charged with assaulting him is doing well, the sheriff’s office said.
The sheriff’s office posted to its Facebook page a video shot Wednesday that shows the K-9, named Boone, doing drills in a training field.
“As you can see from the video, he loves his job and is very good at it. Thank you for your continued concern for Boone, we greatly appreciate it,” the caption reads.
The person working with Boone in the video is the department’s most experienced K-9 deputy, the sheriff’s office said.
Brett A. Berry, 47, of Arden Hills was charged last week in Carlton County with animal cruelty and assaulting a public safety dog, both misdemeanors. The alleged assault happened June 15, while Berry was staying at the Black Bear Casino and Resort with other sheriff’s deputies for K-9 certification trials.
Surveillance video shows Berry becoming upset with Boone and yelling at him before slamming him to the ground.
Boone appeared afraid of Berry and would not come when called, despite the relationship an officer develops with its K-9 partner, according to the criminal complaint. Boone had been Berry’s K-9 partner since 2011.
The dog ran from Berry and got stuck between two doors in a lobby vestibule, where Berry began beating him on the shoulders and ribs, the complaint said.
Berry was sent home from the trials and placed on paid administrative leave. Boone was taken from him, and an Arden Hills veterinarian determined the dog had no injuries.
There is no indication Berry mistreated Boone before the June 15 incident, sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. John Eastham said in an email.
He added that there is also no indication Boone will be unable to perform police dog duties in the future.
“Boone is an exemplary K-9. His passion and talent for the job appear to be as strong as ever,” Eastham said.
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