Viewers voice: officer speaks out after K9 abuse allegations
By Miriam Zamorano. CREATED Feb 15, 2013
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Officer George Sanford wants to set the record straight that he never abused his K9 partner "Euro".
Sanford says the dog was going to bite him and it was a knee jerk reaction to hit him on the nose.
"The punching is not true. I smacked him. I smacked him with an open hand, that is true and I told them that from the very beginning that's exactly what happened," said Sanford.
An internal affairs investigation states two officers claim to have witnessed Sanford hit his dog multiple times.
Fox Four has been flooded with calls opposing the officer's reaction but Jim from Fort Myers called us taking Sanford's side.
"I think the officer was within his parameters popping him on the nose with an open hand. Those dogs work under versatile and adverse conditions and disciplinary procedures are absolutely imperative in their training," said Jim.
After watching an interview with Sanford and "Euro", Fred from Estero agreed and said, "Anyone who has any type of animal interaction can see that dog was not cowering. I think this is completely blasphemy. Totally out of context."
Sanford believes "Euro" may have been abused before he got him. Still Judy from Sanibel thinks what he did was wrong. "He says he suspects his dog was abused before he got him so his reaction to that is to continue abuse? How does this make sense?", said Judy.
Virginia from Naples wants more action to be taken against officer Sanford. "If he's doing this in front of people, he's doing worse when people are not watching him", said Virginia.
Another viewer wrote us disappointed "Euro" was given back to the officer writing in part. "I pray this dog lives a happy, and healthy life, free from abuse."
Sanford was instructed to seek counseling and get more training.