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Trial set for Baltimore officer in dog slaying

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BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore police officer faces trial July 28 on animal cruelty charges for allegedly cutting the throat of a dog that had been restrained after biting a woman.

Court records filed Thursday show that 49-year-old Jeffrey Bolger of Eldersburg is free on his own recognizance after being charged Wednesday.

The female Shar-Pei died from blood loss Saturday. Witnesses said Bolger cut her throat with a knife after saying he was going to gut the dog.

He was at the scene to assist other officers after one said the dog was foaming at the mouth and appeared to be malnourished. Police said Wednesday the dog had escaped from home.

Bolger couldn't be reached for comment Thursday. His home phone number isn't listed, and no defense attorney is listed in court records.

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