A Ramsey County Sheriff's deputy faces criminal charges after authorities say camera footage appears to show him hitting his K-9 partner, according to reports.
According to FOX 9, Brett Arthur Berry, 48, is charged with one count of assaulting a public safety dog and one count of animal cruelty following an incident at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton County.
WCCO reports Berry was among the K-9 deputies at the casino on June 14 attending a canine training event, when he was asked to leave the casino's Cobalt Lounge and was later seen on camera carrying the dog to his car while "visibly upset."
According to FOX 9, the criminal complaint says security video also shows the K-9 handler scolding the dog before picking it up by the collar, throwing it to the ground, and later repeatedly hitting the dog.
In a statement sent to BringMeTheNews, Ramsey County Sheriff's Office said it was "troubled" by the allegations, adding that the dog was not injured and was being cared for.
"We recently learned that Deputy Berry was in an off-duty incident, involving his K-9 partner, while attending K-9 trials in Carlton County," a spokesperson said. "The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office took quick, decisive, action."
It added: "Deputy Berry was sent home from the K-9 trials and placed on administrative leave. The K-9 was evaluated by a veterinarian and no injuries were found. The K-9 partner is currently in the care of others.
"Carlton County is investigating the incident and the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office is cooperating fully with the investigation. We hold our staff to the highest standards and the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office is troubled by these allegations."