NC judge orders rehiring of fired K-9 trooper

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- A North Carolina judge is ordering the Highway Patrol to rehire a trooper fired for mistreating his K-9 partner.

Multiple media organizations reported Tuesday that Judge James Hardin ruled Sgt. Charles Jones was improperly fired from his job. Hardin says Jones should get back pay and attorneys' fees. The State Personnel Commission and an administrative law judge said previously the patrol didn't follow state law when they fired Jones in 2007.

Two 15-second video clips show the training coordinator for the agency's K-9 unit suspending his dog from a railing and kicking him to force him to drop a chew toy.

The dog named Ricoh was not injured in the incident. The Belgian Mallinois has since retired.

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