Target: Gregg Bernstein, State’s Attorney for Baltimore, MD
Goal: Charge a Baltimore police officer with animal cruelty for slitting an innocent dog’s throat
Officer Jeffrey Bolger of the Baltimore City Police has been accused of slitting the throat of a seven-year-old Shar Pei named Nala. His attorney claims that all charges should be dropped because Bolger was just doing his job, but the circumstances surrounding the event tell a different story. Such a heinous act deserves punishment and we must see to it that Bolger is held accountable.
Police have said that Nala ran several blocks from her home and nipped a woman who was trying to rescue her before officers cornered Nala in an empty lot where Bolger, along with another man, slit her throat. Bolger also claims that the reason he killed the dog was because it appeared to him to be foaming at the mouth. Police also stated, however, that there is no evidence that Nala appeared aggressive or acted aggressively.
Bolger has since been suspended without pay. The state’s attorney’s office also brought charges against Thomas Schmidt, the man who held Nala down while Bolger slit her throat. “You never expect you call for someone to help, and that’s how they going to respond,” said Sarah Gossard, Nala’s owner. “I want them to be held accountable, not walk away and be untouched.” Despite the backlash, Bolger’s lawyer continues to claim that city code allows a police officer to kill a dog under such circumstances.
This may be true, but there is no evidence, even that provided by the police department, which suggests there were circumstances that would necessitate such drastic action. Bolger’s decision was clearly a callous act and an abuse of power. Please sign the petition below and demand that Baltimore City Police officer Jeffrey Bolger receive animal cruelty charges for slitting the throat of an innocent dog.
Dear Mr. Bernstein,
Officer Jeffrey Bolger of the Baltimore City Police has been suspended for slitting the throat of a seven-year-old Shar Pei named Nala. Despite Bolger’s claim that the dog appeared to be foaming at the mouth and was acting aggressively, there is no evidence, even from the police themselves, that Nala appeared aggressive or acted as a threat in any way.
There have been dozens of cases like this across the country in the past year, though this one is particularly heinous, and it needs to stop. Police do not have the authority to harm an innocent animal, especially when, in a case such as this, they were called to rescue the dog and return her to her owner. Please hold officer Bolger accountable for his actions and charge him for animal cruelty.
[Your Name Here]
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