Troopers' abuse of dogs ends N. Carolina canine program

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.

The review comes after several troopers testified during a three-day hearing into the firing of patrol Sgt. Charles L. Jones for mistreating dogs.

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