VIDEO: N.C. Trooper Kicks K-9 Partner

A widely distributed video of a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper hanging and kicking his narcotics-sniffing dog brought an outpouring of sympathy for the Belgian Malinois that stumbled to the ground in the 2007 incident.

On Tuesday, the state Court of Appeals offered support for Charles Jones, the trooper fired amid the emotional fallout from the images, reports the News Observer.

In an opinion affirming findings by a Superior Court judge, a state personnel commission and an administrative law judge, a three-judge appeals court panel ruled that Jones should get his job back with the state Highway Patrol and receive back pay for four years and five months, an amount of more than $200,000.

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