Officer Arrested for Slitting Runaway Dog’s Throat

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A Baltimore police officer has been arrested, charged with felony animal cruelty, and suspended without pay for slitting the throat of a wandering Shar-Pei named Nala who only nipped the hand of a woman who was trying to catch her.  His fellow officers are appalled, and will not condone his actions.

A woman called Baltimore City Police around 9 am on Saturday to report that she’d been nipped on the hand by a stray dog she was trying to rescue, and she needed some help trying to catch her.  The wound was superficial, and Emergency Services were called in to detain the seven-year-old Shar-Pei with a catch pole.

Some time after that point, a police officer pulled out his knife and slit Nala’s throat, abruptly ending her life.

“Officers were appalled by what they saw, as were other citizens,” said police Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere.  “There is no procedure or training that justifies this behavior.”

Catch poles keep aggressive dogs at a safe distance from officers, and the department had “gone through great lengths” to prepare officers for dealing with almost any circumstance involving dogs.

“We have no words to describe this,” police Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez commented.  “To say that we’re appalled at the allegations I think is an understatement.”

Today the officer, who remains unnamed, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty and has been suspended without pay.

“This is an outrageous and unacceptable breach of our protocol.  The BPD does not condone and will not condone such actions,” Palmere stated.

Nala’s owner, Sarah Gossard, is horrified and devastated.

“She was just the sweetest dog and would never hurt anyone.  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 okay,” Gossard said.

She is brimming with fire and spitting venom at the officer who viciously and sociopathically took her beloved Nala’s life.

“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 okay – that’s not okay.”









4 thoughts on “Officer Arrested for Slitting Runaway Dog’s Throat”

  1. Police are supposed to “Serve and Protect” …. the dog at that point posed no threat to anyone and what the officer didi is just appalling! I hope he is fired and serves time in prison for his crime!

  2. I keep saying over and over and over again about how i hear horrific human on dog crimes virtually daily that go largely overlooked and underpunished. Yet when a dog attacks an human if it is caught gets the death penalty

  3. You worthless piece of shit. I pray when they fire your sorry ass from the police department, that you don’t see a penny of your pension or retirement, and that the only job you might even get is a job at mcdonalds…but that would be a far stretch for you. To slit a poor dogs throat and to let it bleed out. I pray that someone pays some bald headed Neo Nazi Skinheads to make a playground out of your sorry ass in prison. You are a disgrace to the badge, and I hope someone takes you out. You are a waste of air and a disgrace to mankind!! Enough said.


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