A former Baltimore police officer acquitted of animal cruelty charges after he slit a dog’s throat will receive $45,000 in back pay from city government.
Jeffrey G. Bolger, 50, is to get payment for about 10 months of paychecks he missed while on unpaid leave from the Police Department. The Board of Estimates is expected to approve the deal Wednesday.
In November, Baltimore Circuit Judge Melissa M. Phinn ruled that prosecutors failed to prove that Bolger was criminally responsible for the death of a 7-year-old Shar-Pei named Nala when he slit the dog’s throat in June 2014. Bolger was charged with mutilating an animal, animal cruelty and misconduct in office.
Police commanders had called the killing “outrageous and unacceptable” and accused him of threatening to “[expletive] gut this thing.”