A video shows a Hammond, Indiana police officer allegedly abusing a police canine.
The video posted to YouTube Wednesday shows an officer striking the dog in the stomach. he also appears to lift the dog by the leash onto its hind legs.
The dog is hit again, then lifted into the air and swung around.
The police department put the officer on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott released a statement reading: “Anybody who loves dogs as much as I do is always saddened and shocked anytime you hear of a dog’s abuse. When you find out it happened with an employee of yours, it makes it that much more shocking and disturbing.
Editor’s Note: This video is graphic.