State Trooper Fired After Police Dog Abuse Allegations

JonesA 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.


10 Responses to “State Trooper Fired After Police Dog Abuse Allegations”

  1. nora says:

    The two panty waists who didn’t report it were therefore condoning that sort of abuse towards the poor working dog….they deserve punishment and a hard look at how they treat their working dog partners. The ass hole who abused his dog also deserves a big ass kicking, physically. KUDO’s to the Good Officer who got it on his cell phone and pursued justice for the poor working dog. I hope that dog gets a human partner who loves him for real.

  2. Lynne says:

    What a difference between this and the officers who stood by in Miami when one of their own kicked his dog to death.

  3. catmom5 says:

    Good for the officer who videotaped and then reported the abuse. How can we expect police officers who abuse animals to NOT resort to abuse with people? As I just said, the correlation between the two is clear. I hope this poor dog (and others who might be identified by the investigation) are placed with officers who will treat them with the respect and care they so deserve. These are dogs who would die for their handler partners.

  4. purringfur says:

    I hope other officers around the country speak out against the abuse they see of other K-9 officers. I’ll bet this is quite wide spread, and I’m glad we’re hearing more about it to keep these barbarians away from pets.

    Those officers who don’t report what they see and keep quiet for the sake of the brotherhood are JUST AS GUILTY AS THE ONES DIRECTLY ABUSING THE DOGS. Would you want one of these abusers or those keeping silent handling your call for help? NOT ME! ALL SHOULD BE FIRED!

  5. Lynn says:

    Thank you to those honest, compassionate officers who have the guts to report abuse.

    Those who stand by and just keep their mouths shut are the equivalent of whimps in my book.

    I just wish that dogs weren’t used for police work.

    Anyone seen any stats on the effectivity of dogs in this line of work? I’d be curious to see them.

  6. Bridgett says:

    This poor dog need to be retired and put with a nice family for the rest of his life. He has had more than his fair share of police officers.

  7. Goody 4 Paws says:

    Poor pup. Let him retire to a cushy loving home. As for the ex-officer, give him to Michael Vick and tell Vick the ex-cop is really a pit bull in disguise.

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  9. Thomas Farmer says:

    good job!

  10. Ken A says:

    Wow, abusing his dog. what next, I subbed him on

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