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Baltimore City Police Department Suspends Second Officer in Dog Death

The officer was placed on administrative leave with pay, according to reports.

The 7-year-old shar-pei was reportedly killed on June 14, 2014, at the hands of a police officer. (Credit: Justice for Nala/Facebook)
The 7-year-old shar-pei was reportedly killed on June 14, 2014, at the hands of a police officer. (Credit: Justice for Nala/Facebook)
After one Baltimore City police officer was charged with animal cruelty for allegedly slitting a dog's throat last weekend, a second officer has reportedly been placed on administrative leave in connection with the incident.

Officer Thomas Schmidt, 52, was placed on administrative leave with pay for his role in the death of a shar-pei named Nala in southeast Baltimore City, according to WBAL.

Patch previously reported that Jeffrey Bolger, 49, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty, animal cruelty and malfeasance in office. 

Schmidt, a 24-year veteran of the department, and Bolger, a 22-year veteran, are members of the emergency services unit that was called to a parking lot on South Grundy Street Saturday to restrain Nala, who had escaped from her backyard and bitten a woman trying to help her, according to ABC 2 News.

Schmidt used a dog pole to bring Nala under control, according to ABC 2.

Then he held the dog down while Bolger slit her throat, CBS DC reported.

Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere said the behavior was "outrageous and unacceptable."

Police said Bolger was suspended without pay. He was booked Wednesday and released on his own recognizance, according to CBS DC. Schmidt was not charged.

According to WBAL, the Baltimore City Police Department is continuing to investigate the incident while also reviewing its policy regarding stray dogs.

Related: Baltimore City Officer Charged with Animal Cruelty After Slitting Dog's Throat

art doyle June 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM
kmoore- dogs bite. it is what they do. all dogs bite, some just haven't bitten yet. If it had bitten someone I love, I would have bandaged the wound. PO's are trained to deal with stressful situations. They are not heros or in service. They are highly trained professionals. These guys blew it. plain and simple.
art doyle June 25, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Not only did they blow it, their co-workers, who are trained and charged with enforcing the law, watched and did nothing. Why do we want to pay them for that? What is the incentive to others to do their jobs? Do you realize how much government pensions cost? They should be earned, not handed out. If there is criminal activity by a PO, I don't believe the time spent being a criminal should be counted toward the pension I pay for. What is unreasonable about that?
Michele June 25, 2014 at 02:29 PM
k moore..yeah, they're human beings allright - they should the ability to reason that an innocent animal does not have. I think life imprisonment would be too easy on them actually.
art doyle June 26, 2014 at 09:58 AM
kmoore- "service' is an inaccurate term. The military serves. They cannot refuse a task. The police are employed and part of their employment contract stipulates conduct. IF he has a history of misconduct rising to the level of illegality, I feel it would violate his employment contract and devalue his pension, which is linked to terms of employment. If government agencies are unable to do this, law abiding taxpayers must pay criminals for their crimes. I see no fairness there.
Michele June 26, 2014 at 01:15 PM
Actually, stripping their pension is MUCH too lenient. Maybe taking it away completely would be good.

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