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Policeman fined for ‘hanging’ dog

A POLICE officer who hung his police dog by its lead and forced it over a jump has been fined £255.

Pc Mark Edgar had taken GSD Hax out on an obstacle course while on duty at Weymouth police station in April. Hax apparently refused to jump a five foot high obstacle, following which Edgar lifted him up and suspended him using the lead as a hoist.

Claire Toman said for the prosecution that the officer had tried to get the dog to jump but Hax stopped and refused. She said: ‘At this point Pc Edgar used both his hands to lift and suspend Hax using the lead as a hoist.’ The dog was left hanging for a short period of time before Edgar picked him up and lifted him over the jump.

‘It caused police dog Hax to land awkwardly on the other side of the wall,’ said Ms Toman.
Edgar repeated this several times. The dog was not injured but he needed two weeks of training to regain his confidence, the court heard.

Edgar admitted causing unnecessary suffering to the animal at Bournemouth Magistrates' Court. and was also ordered to pay a £15 victim's surcharge and £85 in costs, but was not banned from keeping animals. However he denied pinning the submissive animal to the ground with his knee and body weight out of frustration that Hax would not jump.

He will no longer be able to be a dog handler or to train with dogs Dorset Police referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) and officers from the force's Professional Standards Department carried out an investigation.

Hax is now working within the force as a general police dog with a new handler and Edgar no longer works in the dog section.

Sunyana Sharma, defending, said Edgar was ‘simply attempting to coax him’ over the wall but that he admitted Hax's reluctance to jump was frustrating.

‘Hex was Edgar's second police dog. The first had attacked him twice causing nerve damage to his fingers and was deemed unsuitable for police dog work, the court heard.

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