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

The officer is suspended without pay after police said he slit a dog's throat when it was restrained by a dog pole.

Sarah Gossard, 29, of Canton with her dog, Nala, who police said was killed by a Baltimore City officer. (Credit: WJZ screenshot/YouTube)
Sarah Gossard, 29, of Canton with her dog, Nala, who police said was killed by a Baltimore City officer. (Credit: WJZ screenshot/YouTube)
A Baltimore City police officer has been suspended without pay and charged with animal cruelty after behavior police said was "outrageous and unacceptable" that resulted in the death of a dog.

Jeffrey George Bolger, 49, of Skyesville, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty, animal cruelty and malfeasance in office, online court records show.

The charges stem from an incident on Saturday in southeast Baltimore City. A 7-year-old shar-pei named Nala reportedly got out of her owner's yard in Canton and traveled approximately one mile from home, according to ABC 2 News.

When a citizen tried to help Nala in Brewers Hill, the dog—described by the woman who found her as "scared," "thirsty" and "disoriented"—bit her in the 700 block of South Grundy Street, and she called police to help, WBAL reported. Police said the wound was superficial, according to WJZ.

After officers from the southeast district responded to the scene, they called in the emergency services unit, which keeps long poles for lassoing loose dogs, The Baltimore Sun reported.

"Unfortunately at some point after that dog was contained with the use of the dog pole, one of our officers used a knife and cut the dog's throat," Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere said at a press conference Wednesday about the incident.

Witnesses reported that Bolger said, "I'm going to [expletive] gut this thing," according to charging documents obtained by Fox 45.

The officer pulled out a knife and slit Nala's throat, WJZ reported.
"This is outrageous and unacceptable," Palmere said.

"We as an agency are appalled by this incident and will not condone such behavior," police said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

Nala's owner, 29-year-old Sarah Gossard, said that police did not tell her how the dog died, according to CNN. "I learned from the news that she was stabbed in the throat," Gossard told CNN. "I want justice."

Michele June 23, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Good....hope someone slits his throat! I feel he should get life with no chance of parole.
Michele June 23, 2014 at 11:30 AM
Wow...more sickos out there than i thought!
art doyle June 24, 2014 at 08:24 AM
There will always be incidents of depravity. Perhaps this was a stellar officer to this point. The most disturbing thing to me is that there were so many officers present, no one stopped him and no one reported him. The atmosphere ,of this district at least seems tainted.
Sara June 25, 2014 at 06:45 AM
"stellar officer" - you must have a low standard. If this guy is so mentally sick to do this, then there is no way in hell he was "stellar" prior to this...
art doyle June 25, 2014 at 07:50 AM
Sara, I don't know that and neither do you


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