Target: Former police officer Alec E. Taylor
Goal: Scorn former police officer for strangling his girlfriend’s puppy to death
Former police officer Alec E. Taylor pleaded guilty to one charge of animal cruelty. This 25-year-old man, who is a five-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department, was accused of strangling his girlfriend’s seven-month-old Jack Russel Terrier named Rocko. This man should be scorned for his actions, as a helpless puppy has no way to defend himself.
The girlfriend, who has remained unnamed, told authorities that Taylor was describing the abuse to her via text messages. Taylor stated that he almost killed the puppy when it had an accident on the carpet. This text message was followed with a picture of “an apparently lifeless Rocko lying on the carpet.” Taylor then stated that he had beaten the puppy, that it was possibly paralyzed, and he would be throwing the puppy out.
Enraged, the girlfriend text back, wondering if this was a sick joke. Taylor then replied that it wasn’t, and he had beaten the puppy with a mop until the mop broke, and then tossed the puppy’s body into the dumpster. His reasoning for the abuse was that he had gotten tired of cleaning Rocko’s messes. She demanded that he retrieve the body of the puppy so she could bury it, which Taylor did by placing the puppy in a shoe box on the balcony. When interviewed by police, Taylor admitted that he used the mop to get the puppy out from behind the clothes dryer, and then strangled the puppy to death.
Taylor has been let go from the Baltimore Police Department, although it’s unclear whether it was done before or after Taylor issued his guilty plea. He will be sentenced in October 2014 where he faces up to three years in prison and a fine of $5,000. Alec E. Taylor should be scorned for his actions, as Rocko had no way of defending himself and no puppy should ever be killed for having accidents in the house.
Dear Alec E. Taylor,
You recently issued a guilty plea for strangling your girlfriend’s puppy Rocko to death because he wouldn’t stop having accidents around the house. Instead of properly disciplining the dog, you instead decided to kill it. This tells me that you have a problem with violence and aggression, which deeply disturbs me given your previous profession in public service.
No animal should be killed simply because they had an accident in the house. I am glad that you no longer serve the Baltimore Police Department, as I wouldn’t want someone with your temperament to be in charge of protecting citizens. I hope you will be given the maximum sentence for your actions, and that you will never be around another animal ever again.
[Your Name Here]
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