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Cop Who Slit Dog’s Throat To Get $45,000 In Back Pay

| by Michael Allen
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Jeffrey Bolger, a former Baltimore cop, is scheduled to receive $45,000 in back pay from the city this week. Bolger was found not guilty of criminal charges after he slit a dog's throat on June 18, 2014.

Bolger was on paid leave for 10 months during the case. Baltimore's Board of Estimates is expected to approve the five-figure payment to Bolger on March 9, notes The Baltimore Sun.

Bolger cut the throat of a Shar-Pei dog named Nala, and was subsequently charged with mutilating an animal, animal cruelty and misconduct in office.

Baltimore police commanders called Bolger's actions "outrageous and unacceptable."

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However, Baltimore Circuit Judge Melissa M. Phinn ruled in Bolger's favor in November 2015. Phinn believed that Bolger acted in the interest of safety when he slit the 7-year-old dog's throat.

Bolger's police union contract requires him to be paid for the time that he was on leave during the case, which was from June 2014 to March 2015.

"The evidence was overwhelming that Mr. Bolger acted appropriately," Steven H. Levin, Bolger's lawyer, stated on March 7.

Sarah Gossard, the dog's owner, said that Nala had escaped from her backyard.

Nala later bit a woman, who called the police. Officers with the Emergency Services unit were able to tether the dog to a dog-control pole, according to police.

Witnesses said that Officer Thomas Schmidt held Nala down as Bolger slit the dog's throat. Schmidt was criminally charged, but the charges were eventually dropped.

"It was a complete violation of protocol," Baltimore Police spokesman Eric Kowalczy said in 2014, noted CNN.

"It's not often police speak out against one of their own, but we are all truly appalled," Kowalczy added.

According to the charges against Bolger, he made an ominous statement before arriving at the scene: "I'm going to gut this (expletive) thing."

Gossard found out how her dog died from a neighbor at the time.

"Police never contacted me until today," Gossard said. "Only after did I find out more details. I learned from the news that she was stabbed in the throat. I want justice."

Sources: The Baltimore Sun, CNN / Photo credit: Sarah Gossard/Justice For Nala/Facebook

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