The state has appealed a judge's ruling that a state trooper fired for abusing his canine partner should get his job back.
Superior Court Judge James Hardin Jr. ruled in November that administrators did not follow state personnel law in 2007 when they fired Highway Patrol Sgt. Charles Jones for conduct unbecoming an officer.
Another officer had captured cell phone video of Jones kicking his police dog during a training exercise and stinging the dog up off the ground by his leash. Hardin's decision was in line with earlier decisions by the State Personnel Commission and an administrative law judge, both of which said Jones was improperly terminated from his job and ordered that he receive back pay.
Lawyers for the patrol filed this month to take the case to the N.C. Court of Appeals. A hearing has not yet been scheduled.