Target: State’s Attorney of Baltimore City, Gregg L. Bernstein
Goal: Prosecute police officer who brutally killed an innocent dog and compensate the dog’s owner for her loss
After seven-year-old Nala went missing from her home, the Baltimore police received a call that a stray dog had bitten a woman on the hand. Although the Chinese Shar-Pei soon calmed down after she was contained, Officer Jeffrey Bolger slit her throat with a knife. Demand that this cruel killer be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and that Nala’s devastated owner be compensated for her loss.
Sarah Gossard desperately searched for Nala after she went missing, until she heard from her neighbor that Nala had attacked someone and been put down by the police. The police did not disclose the full details of the incident to Gossard until days after her pet’s murder. The woman who was bit suffered only superficial injuries.
Nala’s owner claims that her dog was not in the least violent. Most likely, Nala was just frightened after a long day of being lost. Nala undoubtedly needed to be contained by the police, but Officer Bolger’s actions were unnecessary, cruel, and a gross violation of protocol. Officer Bolger has been suspended without pay and charged with animal cruelty.
Officer Bolger should not only receive a harsh sentence for this unprovoked murder, but he should also compensate Ms. Gossard for her tragic and unexpected loss. Demand that the Baltimore Police Department implement mandatory training that addresses animal cruelty and outlines the correct protocol for restraining potentially violent or frightened animals.
Dear Attorney General Bernstein,
After the Baltimore Police restrained a lost and confused seven-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei that bit a woman, Officer Jeffrey Bolger slit the dog’s throat.
Nala had gone missing earlier that day and lashed out at a woman in fright. The woman sustained a superficial puncture wound, but has since fully recovered. Before the officers arrived on the scene, Bolger allegedly said, “I’m going to gut this (expletive) thing.” Once Nala was adequately restrained and calmed, Bolger disregarded protocol and cut her throat with a knife.
Police officers should be the protectors of life and the advocates of peace within our communities. This violent abuse of power calls into question the Baltimore Police Department’s training in regard to animal cruelty. I urge you to require classes that emphasize sensitivity when dealing with potentially violent or frightened animals.
Please ensure that Nala’s owner is justly compensated for her devastating loss and that Officer Bolger receives the strictest penalties for this cruel and merciless killing.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: CH Dali Pinky, Hong Kong Kennel Club Champion via Wikipedia Commons