A North Carolina Highway Patrol sergeant has been fired after being accused of abusing his police dog.
Sgt. Charles L. Jones was recorded abusing his dog, a Belgian Malinois named Ricoh, during a training exercise. Another trooper used his cell phone to record a video of the incident.
Jones is also being investigated by the State Bureau of Investigation and the Wake County District Attorney. It is a felony to abuse a law enforcement animal.
Two other sergeants, Timmy L. Cardwell and Rodney G. Crater, are under investigation for failing to report the incident.
Ray Herndon, the trooper who took the video of Jones mistreating his dog, showed it to his supervisor, Crater, the next day. Herndon also showed it to Cardwell a couple of days later. All four of the troopers work on the Highway Patrol’s Criminal Interdiction Team.
“These two sergeants are under investigation for not taking action,” Lt. Everett Clendenin, patrol spokesman said. “We expect better from our supervisors on the Highway Patrol.”
Cardwell and Crater will remain on duty during the investigation. Herndon is not under investigation because he turned in the video and reported the incident.
Clendenin refused to say what specifically Jones was doing to Ricoh on the video. He described his actions as “wrong and unacceptable.” The state patrol has not released the video because it is part of a criminal investigation.
Ricoh was not seen by a veterinarian after the training exercise and he remained with Jones until he was placed on investigative leave on August 30.
Richoh is now being housed in a kennel at the patrol’s Training Academy. He had been Jones’ partner for seven years and lived with Jones.
Due to the incident, the commander of the Highway Patrol ordered a complete review of the State Highway Patrol’s K-9 program.