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Officer charged with killing dog set out to ‘gut’ it, witnesses said

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A Baltimore police officer is facing felony animal cruelty charges after slitting the throat of a dog officers had under control, according to the department.

Sarah Gossard, the dog’s owner, said she let the dog outside without realizing the gate was open.  The 7-year-old Shar-Pei named Nala was later found by a woman that tried to check the animal’s tag.  She was nipped by the dog and suffered a superficial wound.

Officers from the Southeastern District arrived and corralled the dog while summoning police Emergency Services officers, who carry the long dog-control poles that can safely lasso stray dogs.

Witnesses at the scene told police that the officer, identified as Jeffrey Bolger, 49, was talking about killing the animal as he got out of his vehicle.

“I’m going to [expletive] gut this thing,” witnesses heard him say, according to the charging document.

Police Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere called the killing “outrageous and unacceptable” and said internal affairs is investigating the incident, which took place Saturday morning in Brewers Hill.

Baltimore City Councilman Robert W. Curran, council liaison to the Mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission, said there was no reason to have killed the dog if it was restrained with a dog-control pole, as police say it was.

It’s pretty astounding that our public safety officers would ever have done this,” Curran said. “If you’re on the pole, usually, you’re pretty much at bay, you’re not a threat.”

Officer Bolger was booked Wednesday and released on his own recognizance. He faces charges of animal cruelty, aggravated animal cruelty and malfeasance in office. Bolger’s attorney could not be reached for comment Thursday morning.

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18 Comments to “Officer charged with killing dog set out to ‘gut’ it, witnesses said”

    Fah Q said:
    June 20, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Typical fat douche bag coward cop

    All cops are cowards said:
    June 20, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    Hope he gets treated the same way he treated that dog when he goes to prison

    Castlekeeper said:
    June 20, 2014 at 8:23 AM

    Cops have a pack mentality otherwise he wouldn't have even got out of his vehicle if he was alone…but seeing the dog all trussed up and restrained he was a big tough guy…..typical cop behavior…as far as him getting charged there must have been at least several people who threatened to go to the news or do something about what they witnessed or nothing would have been done……

    randyderesti said:
    June 20, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    There's thousands more insane cops like this guy. Who knows you could be pulled over by one soon.

    WhereistheLove said:
    June 20, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    What goes around comes around, may the Lord have mercy. My mom had a dog shot in her backyard by a crooked cop decades ago, what kind of person (or officer who swore to protect and serve) gets infuriated by a pooch?

    Anonymous said:
    June 20, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    This pig was probably juiced up on steroids to mask his male insecurities.

    Guest said:
    June 20, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    The odd thing is, he has a dog of his own… even a sign that say "beware, a spoiled golden retriever lives here" or something like that. I can't believe this happened. That poor dog and I feel so bad for the owner.

    Taco said:
    June 20, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Pretty simple really; don't call the cops unless you want them to kill something. Because that's what they do. HEY, has anyone seen the surveillance video of the Texas cop shooting a handcuffed man in the back of the head? Yeah that happened. And the cop got off. I bet this one will too.

    burn in hell pig said:
    June 20, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    A true American hero. Look at that vicious dog. You can see murder in its deceptively cute face. I'm glad it's dead.

    T Durden said:
    June 20, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    The saddest part about this is that the other officers there didn't beat the sh*t out of him after he did it. You want people to respect and like you, cops? Then start self-managing your f*cking psychos.

    john said:
    June 20, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    well done officer, all this snob people with their stinking dogs. What if there was a young child around and he/she got bitten/disfiguered? Dogs do go crazy and if one is running loose its better not to take any chances.

      johnisafaggot said:
      June 20, 2014 at 12:55 PM


      msglaigaie said:
      June 24, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      Sorry john, you cannot apologize for what this "man" did. He indiscriminately killed someones pet for his own pleasure. You cannot make a hero out of a criminal.

    Matt said:
    June 20, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    no dont charge this cop with anything, cost's too much money… bring him to my house… he can have all the knifes he wants and I will have one arm tied behind my back… by the end of it I promise you every single one of those knifes will be up his ass… then I would hog tie him hang him from a tree and watch his ass bleed to death… f you … you miserable fat piece of shit… get the title so that you can over control helpless living things… have fun in prison heard they have lots of great food and dick there for you to enjoy! oh by the way I have 2 dogs, feel horrible for the girl (owner) must be traumatizing and will take forever for her to get over it and forgive this lard ass hateful piece of shit.

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