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BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- A Baltimore City police officer is under arrest after he is accused of killing a dog in a shocking way.

Police say while this incident remains under investigation, right now there is no indication the dog tried to attack the officer they say pulled out a knife and slit the dog's throat. They are calling his actions appalling.

Baltimore City Police say around 9 a.m. Saturday they responded to a call of a woman who said she'd been bitten on the hand by a stray dog. Police are calling her injuries superficial, but it's what one of their officers did next they call egregious.

"Unfortunately, at some point after that dog was contained with use of the dog pole, one of our officers used a knife and cut the dog's throat," said Dep. Commissioner Dean Palmere, Baltimore City Police.

The officer's violent actions proved fatal for the seven-year-old Shar-Pei named Nayla.

"We have no words to describe this. To say that we're appalled at the allegations I think is an understatement," said Dep. Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez, Baltimore City Police.

The officer is now under arrest for a felony charge of animal cruelty and has been suspended without pay.

"This is an outrageous and unacceptable breach of our protocol. The BPD does not condone and will not condone such actions," Palmere said.

The Baltimore City Police Department has not released the name of the officer placed under arrest.

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