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Former Baltimore Officer Acquitted of Dog Killing Charge

November 19, 2015  | 

Officer Jeffrey Bolger (Photo: Baltimore PD)
Officer Jeffrey Bolger (Photo: Baltimore PD)

A Baltimore Circuit Court judge on Thursday acquitted a former city police officer charged after he slit a dog's throat last summer.

Judge Melissa M. Phinn said the state did not present adequate evidence that proved Jeffrey Bolger, 50, was responsible for the death of a seven-year-old Shar-Pei named Nala, when he slit the dog's throat in June 2014. Bolger was charged with mutilating an animal, animal cruelty, and misconduct in office.

Phinn noted that the verdict might not be popular, but said she was "confident" that her ruling was correct, describing that the evidence indicated the officer was acting in the interest of safety and putting the dog out of its misery.

She cited testimony from Maryland's Chief Medical Examiner David R. Fowler, who testified for the defense that the dog likely died before its throat was cut. Phinn said that Bolger would not have the expertise to know the dog was already dead when he slit its throat, the Baltimore Sun reports.

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kevCopAz @ 11/19/2015 4:49 PM

will he get his job back? NO doubt it, perhaps he was in error and in violation of departmental orders but its a dog! Should he had shot the dog and risked hitting others etc? Dumb Dumb Dumb! I love dogs, but come on! Im guessing he did more good in his career that was quickly tossed out the window by this one bone headed stunt. This is another example of how we in Law Enforcement are held to a ridiculously higher standard then the public at large. Another reason why folks should expect cops to continue to sit in that car and take reports. I don't blame them.

bo2234 @ 11/19/2015 5:41 PM

The dog had been running loose and bit a pregnant female before the police were even called. The dog's owner, the animal rights people and the prosecutor tried to claim that the police chased it a scared it and that was what caused the aggression...not the case. One of the first officers on the scene was able to get a snare pole around its neck, but it nearly pulled out twice because of the physical make-up of the dog. It forced the officer to pull the snare pole as tight as he could which led to the suffocation of the dog. No one could shoot the dog because it was flopping around in a concrete driveway directly in front of a house and an errant shot or a through and through could hit an officer or go into the house. Bolger, a hunter, showed up and did what a hunter would do. He cut it's throat like a deer. He had no malice. He wanted end it quickly and peacefully. As he got out of his car he told the other officer he was going to "cut it". Some moron heard "gut it" and led to this.

percy @ 11/19/2015 5:53 PM

"but it's a dog!"
I wonder what you would be saying if some civilian did the same to K9 trying to save himself while fido is tearing his face off or trying to bite through his femoral artery. It's no surprise you people seem to kill so many people's pets for sport yet demand harsher penalties for people who try to protect themselves. And these state funerals, hypocracy at it's finest.

PS Based on most of your comments I'm willing to bet everyone is glad you're retired.

RB @ 11/20/2015 1:33 AM

Looks like we have another anti police douche amongst us. Know the facts before you chime in clown.

NexusOne @ 11/20/2015 4:42 AM

@Percy - The difference being that in your scenario, the act would be motivated by the intent of a criminal to escape apprehension by the lawful act of a dog being employed against him. That is far and away a different matter between the act of trying to euthanize an aggressive and at-large dog in the safest manner possible after it is inadvertently badly injured in an bid to catch it. That you can't make that distinction says a lot about your mental capabilities.

S.S. @ 11/20/2015 6:00 AM

Yes we do. percy is a troll. plus she doesn't know when to quit. she goes on and on and on.

JJ @ 12/5/2015 4:10 PM

Reading these comments makes me realize how many ignorant cop loving douches there are in this country. If you believe anything these cops said in their defense, you are 1. Retarded 2. Insane or 3. Both. These pieces of shit are just covering their asses and if you believe them you are morons and u should be euthanized for the good of the rest of the world. And kevcopaz, are u saying police shouldnt be held to a higher standard? If so five me a badge and gun and ill run around doing exactly as i please too, u asshole. Even the pregnant woman the dog bit said that the police acted with too much force, that should be all u need to hear. But, i guess u will all go on being the mindless lemmings u r. Believing everything ppl with authority tell you.

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