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Second Baltimore cop suspended in slashing of dog's neck tragedy

Officer Bolger has been charged with felony animal cruelty in the death of Sarah Gossard's dog.
Baltimore Police Department photo

A 24-year veteran Baltimore Police officer has been suspended with another veteran police officer after authorities announced in a press conference on Wednesday the tragic case of a woman's seven-year-old dog bleeding to death after an officer allegedly slashed the dog's throat on Saturday morning reported wbaltv.com.

Officer Jeffrey Bolger was free on his own recognizance after being charged on Wednesday with felony animal cruelty. Officer Thomas Schmidt has also been suspended for his alleged part in this tragedy; he was currently assigned to Emergency Services Unit of the Special Operations Section. Officer Schmidt has not been charged.

The Sharpei named Nala belonged to Sarah Gossard and had unexpectedly escaped from her home. Gossard is devastated after the loss of her dog and stated:

"I don't want him to have his job. I don't want him to be able to go on calls and act like that to a person, or to a dog. That's not OK. It's not OK."

The eyewitness said one of the officers was extremely aggressive and mean to the dog to the point of the dog crying out in pain as the officer had his knee into the dog's chest and continued to tighten the noose around the animal's neck.

Sandy Fleischer is the woman bitten by Nala, and she said it was her own fault because the dog was scared and lost when the woman tried to check to read the dog's collar which contained the owner's name, address and phone number. The dog was quickly and safely under control with no signs of aggression when Bolger allegedly slashed the dog's throat. The dog bled to death.

A trial is scheduled for July 28.

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