Baltimore police identify officer charged with killing dog

BALTIMORE - Baltimore police identified Jeffrey Bolger as the officer charged with animal cruelty after reportedly killing a dog in Canton , according to charging documents released by the department. 

Bolger, 49, has been on the force since 1992. 

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Bolger, of the unit block of Saddle Drive in Eldersburg, was one of the officers of the emergency services unit to respond to the 900 block of South Grundy Street where fellow officers had contained a 7-year-old Shar-Pei in a parking lot on Saturday June 14, according to charging documents. 

Officers called for back up to assist with the use of a dog pole, a device used to restrained the dog named Nala. Earlier in the day, Nala had bitten a Baltimore woman in the 700 block of South Grundy Street. 

Upon Bolger's arrival, an eye-witness overheard the veteran officer say "I'm going to f------ gut this thing," according to charging documents.

Nala was foaming at the mouth and appeared malnourished when she was placed under control by police. Once the dog was on the ground, Bolger cut the dog's throat, according to the statement of probable cause. 

The dog was already dead by the time animal control had arrived. 

The woman the dog bit suffered a puncture wound to her hand but not require stitches. She was treated at Bayview Hospital. 

 

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