The headlines that broke our hearts: where are these dogs & their abusers now?

BooneFollowing release of the video, Ramsey County sheriff’s deputy Brett Arthur Berry was placed on administrative (paid) leave temporarily and his K-9 partner, who did not suffer any physical injuries during the attack, was removed from his care.

He returned to work approximately one month after his leave of absence. He did not return to a K-9 handler position, but instead is working in the agency’s detention unit.

Berry, 48, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty charges at a hearing in State District Court just last week. During his testimony, the officer admitted to being “exceedingly drunk” during the incident, having no recollection of the events until he witnessed the surveillance video.

In exchange for his guilty plea, a second charge of assaulting a public safety dog was dropped. Next month, he will face sentencing for misdemeanor animal cruelty, which includes a maximum one year in jail and up to a $3,000 fine.

He may face additional penalties from the police department as a result of the conviction.

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