05/01/2008

N.C.'s K9 program stopped over roughness

By Dan Kane
The News & Observer
Related: Trooper fired for kicking K9 wants job back

RALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. Highway Patrol took its police dogs out of service indefinitely Wednesday, after a hearing exposed rough obedience techniques such as shocking, suspending and kicking dogs.

Bryan Beatty, secretary of the state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, ordered the suspension of the canine program until a review is completed showing what training techniques were used and how they compare to generally accepted practices. The patrol has 10 dogs that mostly sniff out drugs.

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