SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office released a statement Tuesday night on a video posted on Facebook that appears to show a deputy striking a K-9 officer.
The video was recorded by Sissy Reynolds who said she watched deputies work with K-9s behind the Palmetto Armory off Berlin G. Meyers Parkway.
Deputies confirmed the incident happened during training, but said the dog bit the handler on the arm, prompting the handler to take "corrective action."
A woman nearby could be heard saying, “Oh, hell no,” after the handler strikes the dog.
The full statement, from Sgt. Rick Carson, reads as follows:
Ladies and gentlemen, we are completely aware the video was posted this evening. We have posted a picture of the dog’s behavior which prompted the corrective action. The K9 handler was participating in training and giving the dog commands. As you can see in the photo the K9 bit the handler on the left arm. These are highly trained and aggressive K9s. They must at all times follow commands given to them by their handlers. This is the only way to assure the handler’s and the public’s safety. There is much liability in training and handling the dog and they must ultimately respond to every command as given.
The statement was also posted to the agency’s Facebook page.
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