A sheriff’s deputy in Ramsay County, Minnesota was charged with animal cruelty and assault against a public safety dog after being caught slamming his K-9 partner to the ground, then striking the animal inside a casino, WCCO-TV reported.
Officials in Carlton County arrested 48-year-old Brett Arthur Berry on June 15, after security cameras at the Black Bear Casino captured the attacks earlier this month. Berry was attending a certification course in the area at the time of the incident.
“It’s something that is certainly unusual,” Carlton County Attorney Thomas Pertler told the Duluth News Tribune. “I haven’t heard of another case like it.”
The criminal complaint against Berry stated that casino security began tracking him after staff kicked him out of a lounge for making “some unwanted advances.” He also “repeatedly made obscene gestures towards security personnel” after security ordered him out of the area.
The footage shows Berry picking the dog up by its neck, then throwing it to the ground.
“The dog then appeared to be afraid of the defendant despite the relationship between the dog and the defendant as a K-9 team and would not come back to the defendant when called,” the complaint stated.
The dog can also be seen entering the casino and getting stuck in a vestibule. After catching up to the animal, authorities said, Berry began “beating it repeatedly on or about the shoulder or ribs area.”
Carlton County officials were called to the casino around 3 a.m. that evening. The complaint stated that Berry “appeared to be under the influence” on the night in question.
A veterinarian later determined that the dog showed “no obvious signs of injury were apparent that would rise to the level of substantial or great bodily harm.” Berry is due back in court on July 23. If convicted, he faces 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine for each charge.
Watch WCCO’s report below.
[h/t New York Daily News]
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A snowman introduced the segment, saying that we could look in on the holiday table conversation thanks to hacked Nest cams.
The skit featured a house in San Francisco, California, a second in Charleston, South Carolina and a third in Atlanta, Georgia.
Each dinner table debated impeachment, and the differences between President Donald Trump and his predecessor, President Barack Obama.
But then the snowman said that none of their votes matter.
"They'll debate the issues all year long, but then it all comes down to 1,000 people in Wisconsin who won't even think about the election until the morning of," the snowman said. "And that's the magic of the Electoral College."
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"The resignation came just days after Councilman Jim Cleveland resigned saying he‘d rather leave office on his own terms than face voters in a recall election next month," the newspaper reported. "Both resignations follow an AJC investigation launched seven months ago into claims that an African American candidate for city administrator was sidetracked by Mayor Theresa Kenerly because of his race."
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Fox News personality Jeanine Pirro interviewed Eric Trump and his wife Lara in Trump Tower, which Pirro called the "New York White House."
Pirro told the two they had "done wonderful things for the country" and said Trump had ended political correctness and people could say "Merry Christmas."
"You can say Merry Christmas again," Lara Trump said. "Isn't that so nice, Jeanine?"
"It's incredible," Eric Trump said. "It is nice to say Merry Christmas again."