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NC Highway Patrol overhauling canine program

RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Highway Patrol has dissolved its canine program but plans to rebuild after several incidents raised concerns about the dogs' well being. Officials said Monday the program was disbanded following a review ordered by the state Department of Crime Control and Public Safety. Under the reworked program, the entire staff will change and Labrador retrievers will be used. The review was ordered after a video surfaced with a trooper kicking his canine partner. Charles Jones, a 13-year veteran, was fired after an investigation. He was given his job back under a ruling by the State Personnel Commission. That decision is being appealed by the public safety department. The dog, which was retired, was not injured in the incident. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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State Trooper K-9

I was sickened and appalled upon viewing the video of Officer Charles Jones abusing his K-9 partner. To think of him treating an innocent animal, an animal who could potentially save his life in the future, is incomprehensible to me. My first reaction is to want to tie him down and administer the same abuse he imparted to this poor, helpless animal. But I know that isn't the answer. I'm just sorry he was able to get his job back after being fired because I don't believe his behavior was an isolated incident. We are aware of this incident only because it was caught on tape. I shudder to think of how many other times he may have abused this dog, not to mention the way he may be treating the people in his life. I personally believe anyone who is callous enough to repeatedly kick an innocent animal this way has other issues. I hope he gets the help he obviously needs. I would be glad to "help" him.