DeputyBrettBerryA Minnesota sheriff’s deputy was charged yesterday with two counts of animal cruelty after beating his K-9 partner while attending a training and certification event.

Brett Arthur Berry, 48, has been charged with assaulting a public safety dog and animal cruelty — both which are sadly only misdemeanors. Surveillance video from Black Bear Casino Resort, the site of the training event, was used to determine probable cause.

Via The Star Tribune…

Earlier in the evening, security officers said, they had been called to the Cobalt Lounge to ask an individual, later identified as Berry, to leave the premises. According to a description of events provided by Carlton County Sheriff Chief Deputy Brian Belich, Berry was followed from the lounge and back to his hotel room by security officers taking video.

After about five minutes, Berry came out of his room with a dog — his K-9 partner.

Berry walked the dog out of the hotel to the casino parking lot, where he was observed scolding the dog and becoming upset.

Video “then shows the individual pick up his dog by the collar and throw it to the ground,” according to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office. That’s when the dog bolted from Berry and tried to run back into the casino. The dog made it only past the first set of doors, however, and became trapped in the vestibule.

Berry allegedly caught up to the dog and struck it several times.

Berry was not arrested. He was charged with two misdemeanors after the security video was turned over to the Carlton County Attorney’s Office, Belich said. Read More…

What I would give for an aluminum baseball bat and five minutes alone with that smug fucking piece of shit.