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“I’m going to gut this thing,” Baltimore cop allegedly said before slitting dog’s throat

A Baltimore City police officer has been charged with slitting the throat of a dog that had been running loose — even though the dog had already been restrained.

“We have no words to describe this. To say that we are appalled at this allegation is an understatement,” Baltimore police Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said.

bolgerOfficer Jeffrey Bolger has been charged with felony animal cruelty, police officials announced Wednesday afternoon.

Police were called Saturday morning to Grundy Street in southeast Baltimore for a report of a stray dog that had bitten someone trying to rescue it.

Police had secured the dog using a catch pole, but after that Bolger, an officer assigned to the emergency services division, used a knife to cut the dog’s throat, police said.

“Unfortunately, at some point after the dog was contained, one of our officers used a knife and cut the dog’s throat. This is outrageous and unacceptable breach of our protocol,” Baltimore police Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere said.

WJZ in Baltimore reported that charging documents quote Bolger as saying, “I’m going to gut this thing.”

The dog later died.

Police officials said they knew of no reason for the officer to use such force on a dog that was already under control.

The dog had run off from her home nearby. She was a 7-year-old shar-pei named Nala, whose owner was searching for her and had posted her pictures on a community Facebook page.

“She was just the sweetest dog and would never hurt anyone,” Sarah Gossard told 11 News. “She was just scared that day and through all of those events — scared and lost, thirsty, hungry — yes I’m very sure that she bit someone, but the actions after that were not OK,” the dog’s owner,

Bolger been suspended without pay.

“I don’t want him to have his job, I don’t want him to be able to go out on calls and react like that to a person, to a dog, to anything. That’s not OK, that’s not OK,” Gossard said.

An investigation into the incident will also look at other officers who, though aware of what happened, had not reported it,.

Police commanders said they “caught wind of it Monday” — two days after Nala was killed.


Comment from reddawg
Time June 19, 2014 at 7:39 am


Suspended? He should be fired!!

Comment from Xolomom
Time June 19, 2014 at 10:34 am

Fire him, take away his pension, prosecute him for animal cruelty, make him volunteer to clean up at the local animal shelter (under close supervision around animals)…. Most importantly: share his photo EVERYWHERE!! The cop that shot Candy in Texas complained that he couldn’t walk anywhere in his town without ridicule, BEST PUNISHMENT EVER!!!

Comment from vina reed
Time June 19, 2014 at 1:09 pm

I dislike. For a softer word men like that.to be just blunt.I hope he gets fired. That was someone pet you inconsiderate bastard.you need cut deep and left to die.loose some weight you fat pig .

Comment from rccola
Time June 19, 2014 at 4:48 pm

He sucks…absolutely no excuse for his actions. Termination is beyond insufficient punishment. Nala is dead b/c of this DB!

Comment from Judith Pannebaker
Time June 19, 2014 at 6:40 pm

As a former resident of the City of Baltimore, I listened with great interest to a very interesting WBAL radio interview with the woman, Sandy Fleishcher, who was bitten by the lost shar pei. She will make a very credible witness for Nala’s owner if this horrible incident is pursued through the civil court system. Some points, the dog’s throat was slit while she was being restrained with a catchpole; eight to 10 officers, some in SWAT gear, responded to the dog call; the Saturday morning incident was not reported “officially” until Monday; and to date, none of the other responding officers, who watched, but did not stop, Nala’s throat being slit, have yet to face disciplinary actions. In addition, officers told Fleishcher the dog was a “stray pit bull” that “had been out on the streets for a while.” Being a dog owner herself, Fleishcher disabused them of those notions and asked the officers to call the number on the dog’s identification, which never happened. Officers also wanted Fleishcher to begin the rabies series immediate, which seems very odd to me. That would most certainly be a decision between her and her medical practitioners. I believe this Jeffrey Bolger – besides being a sadistic idiot – was possessed by “roid rage.” BCPD administrators should do a drug test on him! This is terrible and I hope Nala’s owner gets some kind of satisfaction, but I doubt very much if that will happen on any level. RIP Nala

Comment from Curiosity
Time June 19, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Anyone know his address or phone number?

Comment from Judith Pannebaker
Time June 20, 2014 at 2:47 pm

FYI: Apparently a second officer has been placed on administrative leave in conjunction with this incident. He was the officer who allegedly restrained Nala while Bolger slaughtered her.

Comment from Miss Gulch
Time June 20, 2014 at 8:15 pm

He’s probably a wife beater, too.

Comment from Smoketoomuch
Time June 23, 2014 at 8:55 am

The very fact that a guy like this was even in that situation, and that his “associates” did nothing to stop him (or even report on his actions for days) speaks volumes about the hiring criteria of the agency involved. Investigate this agency top to bottom!
Then, FRY this clown, public humiliation is too good for him.

Comment from Laurie
Time January 17, 2015 at 9:27 pm

With dogs we show our true colors. It’s a shame Nala lost her life, but she exposed this monster’s inner demons.

Comment from Paul Russell
Time November 26, 2015 at 6:44 pm

This guy is a piece of shit. He does not deserve to live let alone be on the force. I seriously hope someone will put him out of my misery for good. This blue life don’t matter.