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Police Officer Charged with Animal Cruelty after Cutting Dog's Throat

BALTIMORE -- A police officer has been suspended without pay after he is charged with cutting the throat of a dog already restrained by a dog pole.

On June 14, Baltimore, Md., emergency services officers responded to an incident in the 700 block of Grundy Street in southeast Baltimore, where a dog had bitten a citizen on the hand.

Police officers on the scene say the 7-year-old Shar Pei, later identified as Nala, was already under control when a city officer took a knife and slit the animal's throat.

Police identified the officer late Wednesday night as Jeffrey Bolger, a member of the Baltimore Police Department since 1992.

According to charging documents, witnesses overheard Officer Bolger making the statement "I'm going to [expletive] gut this thing." He then used a dog pole to gain control of the animal, but witnesses say the dog resisted. Officer Bolger was eventually able to gain control of the dog by restraining it on the ground, the charging documents said. It was then, witness say, Office Bolger cut the dog's throat.

Police and witnesses say before Officer Bolger arrived, the dog had already been restrained by a dog pole.

The dog's owner, Sarah Gossard, says she is horrified over the incident.

"I'm very upset because I'm obviously very sad about all of this. But I'm also extremely angry because it's not OK to treat any living being like this."

Baltimore police confirmed the dog died as a result of the officer's action.

"We as an agency are appalled by this incident and will not condone such behavior," the department stated.

The dog was already dead when animal control arrived and took possession of the body. A necropsy was performed on the dog and the cause of death was determined as "sudden loss of most of her circulating blood volume."

Bolger is now facing felony animal cruelty charges.

Source: FOX 45, Baltimore

 
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