Video: Michigan TSA Agent Suspended For Shocking Dog Mistreatment
TSA uses canines at airports to detect explosive materials, but a Detroit TSA worker was aggressively pulling a dog with the leash in a video that has now gone viral.
TSA agents work with a variety of dogs that are trained to sniff out explosives. It's not just German shepherds but also Labrador retrievers, German short-hair pointers, Vizslas, and Belgian Malinois.
TSA canines are highly trained to find explosives and are used in airports to keep passengers safe on airplanes as well as the airports. The dogs go through extensive training and so do the agents using them which is why it is troubling to see an agent mistreat a dog, especially one that is new to the field.
Detroit TSA Agent Caught on Video Agressivley Pulling Canine
In the photo above you see the TSA agent at Detroit Metro Airpot walking the canine that is trained to find explosives. This picture seems normal but when the agent makes a turn is when you see the mishandling of the animal.
In the picture above you can see the canine being yanked around the corner which is unacceptable.
The video above really shows the agent dragging the dog around corners and yanking on the leash. Anyone who watches the video will be appalled at the behavior of the agent.
The TSA agency made the Twitter post above and has since removed the employee from duties while the issue is being investigated.
FOX 2 spoke with a former police canine handler who owns Michigan Dog Training Michael Burkey who said, "One, it doesn't look good: it looks horrible. Two the dog's not learning from it, and it's just rough on the dog. The dog wasn't ready to be put in that situation with that many distractions. Should have been more training of the dog and more training of the handler."