CRIME
08/31/2015 01:32 pm ET

Cop Appears To Whip, Stomp Police Dog On Video

The Peoria, Arizona, police department is investigating the incident.

A Peoria, Arizona, cop was caught on video apparently whipping and stomping on his police dog.

A woman who requested anonymity when she sent the clip to KPNX said she recorded the video on Saturday.

In the video, the Peoria police officer, whose name has not been released by the department, is seen standing outside a house with three other cops and his dog.

The officer in question appears to whip his dog with its leash. When the dog doesn't respond, the cop walks up to the dog, whips it again and then appears to stomp and kick it.

"I have never heard of an officer stomping on a dog or whipping it with a leash," the woman told KPNX. "The dog looks like a puppy and looks terrified of him."

Peoria police spokeswoman Isabel Wolfe declined to say whether the officer in the video has been identified, but said the department is looking into the incident.

"We are aware of this situation and are conducting a full investigation," Wolfe said in a statement. "We take matters such as these quite seriously. Our canine partners are valuable members of our team, and we want to ensure that all policies, protocols, and training were followed in this incident."

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