Deputies arrest LAPD officer, remove dog from Castaic home

The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station can be reached by calling 661-260-4000.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies responded to a home on the 28200 block of Branch Road in Castaic Thursday, after receiving a report of a family disturbance.

“During investigation, deputies learned the suspect had physically assaulted the family dog in past incidents,” according to an email from Deputy Natalie Arriaga, spokeswoman for the SCV Sheriff’s Station. 

The suspect, Bikramjeet Virk, 32, of Castaic, is an LAPD officer currently employed at the Foothill Division, according to a spokesman for the LAPD. “His current duty status is ‘Assigned to home,’ pending criminal investigation by L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, and administrative investigation by LAPD.

Virk was arrested on suspicion of cruelty to animals.

The dog was removed from the home by officials with the Department of Animal Care and Control pending further evaluation, according to Arriaga.

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