On Saturday, one day after Baltimore Police officers shot and killed a loose bull that was running through town, police were called to Brewer’s Hill after a woman reported being bitten by a loose dog. After chasing the Shar Pei, a 7-year old female named Nala, around an empty lot, officers managed to corral it with a dog control pole–and then for some inexplicable reason, one of the officers slit the dog’s throat.
The Baltimore Sun has the fullest version of the story, including reports from an eyewitness and the dog’s owner. It’s pretty awful. (Of course, it should also be noted that Baltimore Police officers have been known to kill unarmed human beings, too–and those cases often get less attention than this particular case of animal cruelty.)
The officer faces felony animal cruelty charges, which could bring him up to three years in prison under Maryland law. The department has not yet released his name.
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