A Vacaville, California, police officer was caught on video repeatedly punching a K9. The disturbing situation was captured by Roberto Palomino, who posted the footage to Facebook on December 28, explaining what he saw:
"So it was more than clear this is not training, thanks for everyone concerned about it, so this is what happened:
Came to my warehouse to grab some tools, when I heard a dog crying, when I looked, the officer was punching the dog over and over and got shocked about it, only thing I could think was recording, I as soon as I did at the end of the video you can see he looks towards me, and I hide behind the door of my warehouse, as I kept picking, he was looking towards my doors, so I’m sure he saw me, he stopped beating the dog when he saw me and went behind those trailers in the video were I could see their legs only, I finish loading my truck and as I left I saw him getting to his K-9 unit and put some stuff on the trunk and I left."
Vacaville police Capt. Matt Lydon has seen the video and admits that it might be "alarming" to some people - but he explains that the dog was simply being corrected for trying to bite the handler.
Do you think this behavior is okay? We do not. We believe that this dog should be removed from the handler's care while the situation is investigated. Repeatedly punching a dog should never be okay - people who are not police officers face charges and jail time if they are caught doing the same thing. Please sign the petition today - we need to send the Vacaville Police Department a message that this behavior is not acceptable.