Detroit: TSA suspends officers after rough behavior towards service dog

Dog (Photo: Unsplash/Freddie Marriage).
Dog (Photo: Unsplash/Freddie Marriage).

Detroit: TSA suspends officers after rough behavior towards service dog

Dog (Photo: Unsplash/Freddie Marriage).
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A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer has been suspended from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport for not treating his service dog exactly in an animal-friendly manner. A video had previously made the rounds on the Internet, showing the man handling his four-legged friend quite roughly.

According to official information, the officer belonged to a unit that specializes in detecting explosives. Accordingly, it is common for dogs to be used as well, because specially trained four-legged friends can find the dangerous material quickly and easily thanks to their good sense of smell. However, not all TSA employees seem happy about being assigned a service dog.

The video, which made waves in the United States in particular, shows the officer patrolling the terminal. He keeps walking back and forth, pulling the dog's leash vigorously and aggressively. He uses so much force that in one sequence of the recording you can even see how the quite large four-legged friend even lifts off the ground. The comments on social media were correspondingly indignant. To make matters worse, this is a breed that is strongly bonded to its owner, so the dog suffers significantly from the behavior of the TSA officer.

The authority has now responded to the storm of indignation and announced that the man had been temporarily suspended from service "until the investigation was completed". Due to the violent reactions, this was posted on the social media portal Twitter, among others. It also reads, among other things: "The behavior shown by this employee is unacceptable and does not meet the high standards that we set for our employees".

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