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A Minnesota sheriff’s deputy is facing criminal charges after surveillance video caught the man senselessly beating his K-9 partner, Boone.
Brett Arthur Berry, an 18-year veteran of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, was at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, Minnesota for a K-9 training and certification event with his four-legged partner.
At some point during the training event, Deputy Berry took Boone outside, picked the dog up by his neck, and slammed him into the ground, video (below) showed.
After being slammed into the ground, Boone scurried back toward the casino, but became caught between two sliding doors. That’s when Berry was videotaped smacking the defenseless animal multiple times.
Local police were called to the casino around 3am, where they viewed the disturbing video surveillance tape and reported their findings to Berry’s police department.
The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office removed Deputy Berry from the training event and placed him on administrative leave.
Boone was removed from Berry’s care and taken to a veterinarian. After examination, he was found to be suffering no injuries.
Now, Berry is facing two misdemeanor charges, one for animal cruelty and one for assaulting a public safety dog. If convicted, he faces 90 days in jail and $1,000 fine for each offense.
Warning! The surveillance video below may be disturbing to some viewers.