Former police officer pleads guilty to animal cruelty

BALTIMORE (WUSA9) -- A former Baltimore City police officer accused of killing his girlfriend's puppy has pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated animal cruelty.

According to the Office of the State's Attorney for Montgomery County, 28-year-old Alec E. Taylor of Hyattsville, Md. pleaded guilty to the felony charge on Wednesday.

The charge stems from an incident in February in Silver Spring. A woman reported that Taylor, her boyfriend, had beaten and killed her 7-month-old Jack Russel Terrier named Rocko. According to police, Taylor had texted the woman while she was at work to say that he had almost killed the puppy after it had an accident on the carpet. He then sent her a photo of "an apparently lifeless Rocko lying on the carpet" and said that he had beaten Rocko and possibly paralyze him, according to charging documents. Then he texted his girlfriend that he was going to throw the puppy out.

According to charging documents, she asked Taylor if it was a sick joke. Taylor responded that he had gotten tired of cleaning up after the dog and beaten the puppy until the mop broke, then placed him in a dumpster in the parking lot.

Taylor's girlfriend asked Taylor to retrieve the dog's body from the dumpster so she could bury him. Taylor then texted her that he had put the body in a shoebox on the balcony. When his girlfriend returned home, that's where she found the dog.

During an interview with police, Taylor admitted that he had used a mop to force Rocko out from behind a dryer and then choked the dog until he was dead, according to documents.

Taylor will be sentenced on October 8. He faces up to three years in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.


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