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2 police officers beat injured deer to death with iron bar

By Mason White 10:55 AM January 27, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) Two police officers were arrested, charged and convicted of gross misconduct after beating an injured deer with a tire iron, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

Now, the two police officers of Durham, who killed a wounded deer, have been removed from the streets after being found guilty of gross misconduct.

According to the police investigation, Andrew Pittilla and Brian Clewlow were sent to kill the wounded animal, which is believed to have been hit by a vehicle.

However, instead of shooting it dead, they beat the deer several times with an iron bar. The incident began when police received a call about the wounded deer laying on the side of the road.

Pittilla and Clewlow stayed with the deer, believed to have been hit by traffic, until it could stand on its legs.

After receiving some advice from an expert on animal welfare, they led the animal to a nearby forest where they hoped it would recover.

Several days later, police received another report of an adult deer laying on the road, and the same officers were dispatched to the scene.

Pittilla and Clewlow assumed that it was the same animal.

The officers, with the intention of ensuring that the deer was dead and does not suffer more, beat the animal several times with the iron bar.

They said that their actions were in the best interests of the animal.