A Baltimore police officer has been arrested on Wednesday and faces felony animal cruelty charges for slitting the throat of a woman's seven-year-old Shar Pei after a relatively minor incident at Brewers Hill on Saturday morning involving the dog reported CBS Baltimore.
Authorities were called after a woman told police she had been bitten on the hand by a stray dog. The wound on the woman's hand was reported to superficial. The dog, named Nayla, was then restrained by police officers using a catch pole and had made no indications of trying to attack anyone when another officer approached the dog and slit her throat. The dog died.
According to a press conference on Wednesday with the Baltimore City Police, Dep. Commissioner Dean Palmere called the unprovoked attack appalling and stated:
"Let me make it clear that this is outrageous and unacceptable breach of our protocol. The BPD does not condone and will not condone such actions."
The officer's name has not been released, but he has been suspended from the department without pay.
Nayla's owner, Sarah Gossard posted her dog's photo on Facebook. Heartbroken and distraught, her words echoed through the strong emotional sorrow of such a despicable action:
"This is a living thing. If I had a seven-year-old kid, is this how you would treat my kid? I don't have a kid. I have this dog."
Rest in peace Nayla.
More on this story as the events unfold.
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