A police officer was fined £255 after he ‘hung’ a police dog by its lead and forced it over a five-foot jump.
PC Mark Edgar thought he and police dog Hax could do with more training and went out on an obstacle course while on duty at Weymouth Police Station, Dorset, in April.
The 36-year-old police officer admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the German shepherd at Bournemouth Magistrates Court today.
PC Edgar was fined for ‘hanging’ Hax by his lead and forcing him over a jump
He was fined £255 and ordered to pay a £15 victim’s surcharge and £85 in costs, but was not banned from keeping animals.
Prosecuting, Claire Toman said: ‘The circumstances surround a five-foot wall which is part of the police training ground that PC Edgar was using with his police dog Hax.’
Dorset police referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and officers from the Force’s Professional Standards Department carried out an investigation.
Superintendent Charlie Eggar, head of specialist operations at Dorset police, said: ‘The welfare of our police dogs is an absolute priority and sadly on this occasion the officer’s behaviour fell short of the standards expected.’