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Second police officer charged in death of Baltimore woman's dog

Thomas Schmidt
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According to Friday's WBAL 11 News, a second Baltimore, Md., police officer has been charged in conjunction with the death of a woman's dog.

On Thursday, 52-year-old Thomas Schmidt was arrested, charged and then released after posting bond, for his part in the killing of Sarah Gossard's seven-year-old Chinese shar-pei, "Nala." Schmidt, a 24-year veteran of the force, is accused of holding the dog down while Officer Jeffrey Bolger slit her throat.

Schmidt was suspended from his police duties shortly after the mid-June killing of the dog.

Nala had been running loose just prior to being captured and killed - the dog had escaped from her yard and a woman who tried to catch her to read the identification tags on her collar, was bitten on the hand. According to witnesses, the dog had been captured and brought under control before her throat was cut by Officer Bolger.

At a press conference held earlier this month, Police Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere called Officer Jeffrey Bolger's actions "outrageous and unacceptable."

Shortly after the dog was killed, Bolger was suspended and charged with felony animal cruelty. Now, Officer Schmidt is also facing aggravated animal cruelty, animal cruelty and malfeasance in office charges,

Some acquaintances of Schmidt are shocked by the allegations - Schmidt's neighbor, Doug Pratt told WBAL News:

They have a dog and they're real nice people, so I'm shocked, I'm surprised,"

"He isn't the type of guy that would go out and kill a dog."

Prior story about this incident here.

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