After pulling out a knife and slashing a dog’s throat while another officer held the dog down, Officer Jeffrey is now asking that the judge will drop the charges of animal cruelty.
His defense is that he was “just doing his job,” according to a report by CBS Baltimore.
“That’s crazy to me, crazy to me. I mean own up to what you did. Accept responsibility,” said Sarah Gossard, the dog’s owner.
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BALTIMORE — “I want justice,” says Sarah Gossard, after learning that a Baltimore police officer captured her pet dog and used a knife to slash its throat.
It began when Nala, a small 7-yr-old shar-pei became missing on Saturday from her home.
It turns out that Nala had gotten out of the house accidentally, and a neighbor captured her.
The neighbor who was keeping Nala took care of her but remarked that Nala was frightened and didn’t know wheres she was. The neighbor said that Nala just wanted to go home, and that it became difficult to feed her because she was so scared. Because Nala was scared, she began snapping at the neighbor, and that’s when the neighbor called animal control.
“It’s not Nala’s fault,” said the neighbor. She was simply scared because she was in an unfamiliar place and she snapped from the fear.
The neighbor suffered no serious injuries and believed that Nala would be safe once she was held by animal control.Shortly after the call to animal control, police officers showed up to the home and used a restraining pole to squeeze Nala’s neck.
It’s when they got Nala alone and completely restrained that the unthinkable happened.
Officer Jeffrey Bolger was looking at Nala, and at one point was heard saying, “I’m going to gut this fucking thing,” according to reports.
Moments later, Officer Bolger pulled out a knife.
He then forced the blade into Nala’s neck and began slitting her throat open as she was held down by Officer Schmidt.
One can only imagine the pain and fear Nala went through as Officer Bolger slaughtered her.
“It was a complete violation of protocol,” said Eric Kowalczy, a police spokesman.
“It’s not often police speak out against one of their own, but we are all truly appalled,” he added.
Sarah Gossard, Nala’s owner, stated that police didn’t even give her the details of how Nala died.
“She went missing Saturday and after looking for her all day, I found out through a neighbor that she was put down,” she said.
“Police never contacted me until today. Only after did I find out more details. I learned from the news that she was stabbed in the throat.”
Sarah and the neighbor both reported that Nala has never been a violent dog and has always been friendly.
“She was just scared that day and through all of those events — scared and lost, thirsty, hungry,” she said.
Officer Bolger has been working for the Baltimore Police Department for over 20 years. He has been suspended without pay, and charged with animal mutilation and cruelty.
After he was caught, he maintained that he killed the dog because he claimed that it “might have had rabies.”
His excuse was that if the dog had rabies, and if it had gotten away from the restraint pole, then it could have bit someone.
“Don’t try and make yourself a hero when you made a grave mistake,” said the neighbor when she heard of Officer Bolger’s excuse. “Try to say ‘I’m sorry.’”