Dustan Rubenacker Wiki – Dustan Rubenacker Bio
Dustan Rubenacker is an Indiana state trooper who allegedly used “unreasonable discipline” and fractured his police K-9’s leg during a March training session, authorities said Wednesday.
Rubenacker was charged with striking a law enforcement animal, which is a Class A misdemeanour, the Indiana State Police said in a news release. He is on paid administrative leave, it said.
He is 29 years old.
Dustan Rubenacker Fractured K-9’s Leg
According to the news release, Rubenacker and his K-9, Odin, were in a training session on March 17 in Jasper, Indiana, at which several K-9 teams were present.
During the session, Odin wasn’t focusing on the correct target, and Rubenacker allegedly used “unreasonable discipline” against him, causing the injury, the release said.
Odin was taken to a veterinarian clinic with a severe fracture to his right rear leg that required surgery, police said. State police said they don’t know if he will return to work.
Odin is a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois and has been a member of the Indiana State Police for nearly four years, according to the press release.
The summons for Rubenacker was served Wednesday afternoon, ISP said. Rubenacker is scheduled to appear in Dubois Circuit Court on July 6 at 10:30 a.m. for the charge of Striking a Law Enforcement Animal, a Class A Misdemeanor.
Rubenacker is currently on administrative leave with pay. An internal investigation is ongoing.
Rubenacker has been with the state police for six years. An internal investigation into the incident is ongoing, state police said.
ISP said it initiated a criminal investigation after Trooper Dustan Rubenacker, 29, allegedly hit his police K-9 during a March 17 training session in Jasper. Several Indiana State Police K-9 teams were present when the alleged incident occurred.