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Dubois County ISP Trooper Accused of Striking K-9 During Training

An Indiana State Police Trooper out of Dubois County has been charged with Striking a Law Enforcement Animal after ISP says the trooper went too far during a training session.

Posted: Jun 2, 2021 7:07 PM
Updated: Jun 3, 2021 11:37 AM

The Indiana State Police (ISP) said Wednesday that a Dubois County ISP Trooper was being charged with Striking a Law Enforcement Animal after allegedly injuring his K-9 partner during a training session.

ISP says the incident took place back in March during a K-9 training session in Jasper, Indiana.

During the training session, ISP says 29-year-old Trooper Dustan Rubenacker and his K-9 Odin were participating in a training exercise where Odin was not properly focusing on the correct target.

That's when ISP says Rubenacker allegedly used "unreasonable discipline" toward Odin, resulting in a serious fracture to Odin's right rear leg.

Odin underwent surgery to repair his leg, but it is not known at this time if Odin will return to work, according to ISP.

ISP says Odin is a five-year-old Belgian Malinois and has been a member of the ISP for approximately four years. Rubenacker is a six-year veteran of the force.

According to ISP, several other K-9 teams were present when the alleged incident took place.

ISP says Rubenacker is currently on administrative leave with pay, and that an internal investigation is ongoing.

A summons to appear in court was issued for Rubenacker on Wednesday. He's scheduled to appear in the Dubois Circuit Court on July 6 at 10:30 a.m.

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