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Baltimore police officer facing animal cruelty for killing girlfriend's puppy

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Alec Eugene Taylor, 27, a five year veteran who lives in Montgomery County and is an officer for the Police Department in Baltimore, faces felony aggravated animal cruelty charges after allegedly beating and strangling his girlfriend's seven-month-old puppy for defecating on the carpeting, reported Wednesday's abcnews.go.com.

Taylor also faces animal abuse and neglect charges.

Animal Services recovered the body of the Jack Russell terrier named Rocko near the 13800 block of Castle Boulevard in Silver Spring where Taylor's girlfriend lived.

Earlier in the day on Tuesday, Taylor sent his girlfriend a text and a photo explaining that he was tired of cleaning up after the dog soiled the carpet and had killed the dog. He sent a photo of the apparently lifeless dog, and told his girlfriend he had thrown the puppy's body into the dumpster.

Authorities questioned Taylor who stated the dog had run behind the dryer, and Taylor admitted he had used the mop to chase the defenseless little dog out into the open, and then strangled Rocko.

A necropsy of Rocko's body revealed the puppy died as a result of blunt force trauma from acute blood loss caused by severe liver damage.

Taylor will be suspended from the police department without pay.

A statement, according to wbal.com, was issued from the police department on Wednesday afternoon:

"The Baltimore Police Department is conducting an administrative investigation into the incident contained in the charges filed (Wednesday) morning by the Montgomery County Police Department against Officer Alec Taylor. Allegations of animal cruelty are taken seriously by the Baltimore Police Department. Over the course of the last year significant emphasis has been placed on developing and training investigators to handle animal abuse incidents in Baltimore."

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