Deputy Resigns after Slamming K9 to the Ground Several Times, Fracturing its Leg

A deputy who slammed the dog he worked with to the ground multiple times has resigned amid an investigation's findings.

Six months after investigators say a police K9 in South Carolina was injured by its own handler, Anderson Sheriff's Office deputy Jacob Saxon, who repeatedly slammed the dog to the ground, the investigation into Saxon has been close.

Instead of being fired, deputy Saxon resigned two days after the incident when the department determined there was a "concern that the illegal use of steroids played a part in the conduct of deputy Jacob Saxon and the injury of K9 Magnum," according to WISTV.

Deputy Saxon "slammed K9 Magnum to the ground multiple times," according to an internal affairs memo released through a Freedom of Information Act request in January.

Recently released X-ray images show the severity of Magnum's fracture, which resulted from the abuse by deputy Saxon.

After Magnum's injury, deputy Saxon claimed the dog bit him and he slammed the dog several times as a "corrective measure," which was not in line with the department's policy.

Even though Saxon was apparently urged to resign by department officials, the state attorney general's office determined there was not enough evidence to prosecute the officer.

Magnum has retired since recovering from his injuries and was adopted by another resident in Anderson County.

The department offered to look into their "concern that the illegal use of steroids played a part in the conduct of deputy Jacob Saxon" and the injury of Magnum.

However, Saxon refused to submit to a drug test for steroids upon their request.

A spokesman for the Anderson County Sheriff's Officer said deputy Saxon's file was made public Tuesday after the investigation against him was closed.

While no criminal charges were filed against deputy Saxon, the department's internal affairs division found sufficient evidence to conclude that Saxon did not "use proper K9 handling techniques" while handling Magnum on the day of the dog's injury," according to IndependentMail.

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Tatoo49
Tatoo49

Why couldn't they demand a drug test? They demand it for cannabis! Stupid me, forgot, the asshole is a cop. They are allowed to be hopped up on whatever they want. They need that 'edge'. Allowed to resign and get rehired elsewhere.

Suki49
Suki49

Are links allowed here? Because I have proof that in addition to the department I worked in, cruelty and even torture ARE standard practice in K9 units. Lots of coverups, lots of secrecy and lying, and when the public is made aware of one leaked incident, the department will choose among covering up, waiting for the heat to die down, posting justifications (but they're beginning to see that one doesn't work so well) and, as a last resort, as in this report, distancing themselves from the handler who got caught.

BenDoverAmerica
BenDoverAmerica

Hopefully someone kills him .

Tatoo49
Tatoo49

"Even though Saxon was apparently urged to resign by department officials, the state attorney general's office determined there was not enough evidence to prosecute the officer." Of course not, he is a cop. Cops even when they do wrong, do not get severely punished. "The department offered to look into their ""concern that the illegal use of steroids played a part in the conduct of deputy Jacob Saxon"" and the injury of Magnum. However, Saxon refused to submit to a drug test for steroids upon their request." Geez, you guys have so little control over yourselves that you truly can get away with anything. FUCK ALL COPS. Worthless POS.

Rdggurl
Rdggurl

Now if it was a civilian , we would be arrested and charged with a felony for hurting a police officer. He should be charged as well. This is a disgrace, he probably beats his wife or husband too. And they will continue to because the PD Department sweeps it under the rug.

Swi
Swi

Where is animal cruelty?? Assault on an officer?? Does this bipolar officer have a pistol permit or guns???

Toothbrush Bandit
Toothbrush Bandit

Anyone else, they treat this like killing an officer

Abhaya7
Abhaya7

Police under investigation should not be allowed to resign, they should be unpaid until it's done. If they are cleared they should be back paid not paid for "leave" when they commit crimes. Ugh poor pup

NewsNowNH
NewsNowNH

WTF??? We'd be charged with battery on an officer yet he just walks away free!! Just us system at work! FTP

Copslayer
Copslayer

I bet he beats his wife