Cop was tired of cleaning up after dog
March 6, 2014
A Baltimore cop is suspended without pay after he beat his girlfriend’s dog with a mop, then strangled it to death, police say.
The officer then took a picture of the dead dog and sent it to his girlfriend before tossing the puppy in a dumpster.
On Feb. 26, Alec Taylor, 27, a five-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department, returned to his apartment along the 13000 block of Castle Boulevard in Silver Spring. Upon entering the unit, Taylor noticed his Jack Russell Terrier, named Rocko, had defecated on the carpet. According to police, Taylor became enraged, beating the untrained dog with a mop, then using his bare hands to suffocate the puppy.
Taylor turned himself in yesterday and told investigators “he used a mop not only to retrieve the dog from behind the dryer but as a weapon to beat the helpless animal before using his bare hands to choke the dog to death,” according to CBS Baltimore.
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On Wednesday, Taylor, with his attorney by his side, turned himself into authorities. The Parkdale High School graduate was transported to Montgomery County’s Central Processing Unit, where he was booked and charged with aggravated animal cruelty, a felony, and abuse of an animal. The 27-year-old bonded-out of jail hours later. He declined to comment to local media agencies when dropped-off by a taxi cab at his apartment.
In a public statement, the Baltimore Police Department said they would investigate the officer’s story and press charges if necessary.
“Allegations of animal cruelty are taken seriously by the Baltimore police department. Significant emphasis has been placed on training investigators to handle animal abuse incidents in Baltimore,” police said.
CBS reports an autopsy found the dog died from blunt force trauma.
“I think he should be put in jail for a long time,” one man told CBS.
Rocko’s body was eventually retrieved by Taylor and given a proper burial.
Police contempt of pooch is a long-established trend, however, it is crucial cops who behave in this manner be identified and weeded out.
A 1997 study conducted by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Northeastern University found that “people who abused animals were five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people, four times more likely to commit property crimes, and three times more likely to have a record for drug or disorderly conduct offenses.”
In other words, probably not someone you’d want driving around, policing your neighborhood.