Monday, January 4, 1999 Published at 17:31 GMT
Dog cruelty officers sacked
Acer: His death horrified dog lovers
Sergeant Andrew White, 38, and Police Constable Kenneth Boorman, 45, who both face four months in jail if they lose their appeal next month, will leave the force immediately.
All three were convicted in December of kicking and punching dogs at the force training centre at Sandon in Essex.
White was head of training and Boorman an instructor at the unit where the court found five German Shepherd dogs were cruelly punished between September and December 1997.
Their choke chains were used to hang them from fences and posts as they were beaten.
The death of German Shepherd Acer, who was raised from a puppy by police, horrified dog lovers and caused untold damage to the image of all professional dog training centres.