A Baltimore city police officer has been accused of killing a puppy, taking a photo of its lifeless body and tossing it into a Dumpster.
Alec Eugene Taylor, 27, of the 13800 block of Castle Boulevard in Silver Spring, was arrested Wednesday on aggravated animal cruelty, and abuse of an animal.
Taylor is a five-year veteran of the Baltimore City Police force. He has been suspended without pay, according to a statement from the police department.
“Allegations of animal cruelty are taken seriously by the Baltimore Police Department,” according to the release.
According to Montgomery County Police, Taylor sent a message to his girlfriend Friday saying that the 7-month-old dog, a Jack Russell Terrier named Rocko, had gone to the bathroom on the carpet and that he had killed the puppy.
He then sent a photo of the lifeless puppy.
In a follow-up phone call, Taylor said that he was tired of cleaning up the dog’s defecation, police said. He said had beaten the dog to death with a mop, and placed it in a trash bin in the parking lot.
The girlfriend asked the officer to take Rocko out of the trash bin so she could give him a proper burial. When she came home, she found the dog dead inside a shoe box on the apartment balcony, then buried the dog at a Hyattsville park.
Police found the buried dog, and a necropsy showed that the dog the likely died as acute hemorrhagic shock likely due to blood loss from liver damage caused by blunt force trauma.
He told investigators he used a mop to force Rocko from behind the dryer and then used his hands to choke Rocko until he was dead, police say.
– Scott McCabe