A Baltimore police officer slit the throat of a dog officers had under control and now faces felony animal cruelty charges, reports the city’s Sun. Police Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere called the killing “outrageous and unacceptable.” The officer, Jeffrey Bolger, 49, has worked in the department’s Special Operations Section since 1992. Witnesses say he was talking about killing the animal as he got out of his vehicle Saturday. “I’m going to [expletive] gut this thing,” witnesses heard him say, according to the charging document.
The incident occurred Saturday when Sarah Gossard’s 7-year-old Shar-Pei got out of her yard. The dog bit a neighbor who tried to catch it. Bolger was among a group of officers who later cornered the dog, authorities said. After another officer managed to gain control of it, Bolger cut its throat with a knife, witnesses told police. The animal died before Animal Control arrived, police said. Investigators didn’t learn of the killing until Monday — two days afterward.