By Associated Press - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore police say an officer has been accused of cutting the throat of a dog that was being controlled by other officers after it reportedly bit someone.

Police said at a news conference Wednesday that the dog, which was thought to be a stray but had gotten away from its home, later died from the injury.

Officers say on Saturday, police went to Canton for the report of a woman being bitten by a dog. Police say officers gained control of the animal with a dog pole.

Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere says an officer used a knife to cut the dog’s throat.

Spokesman Detective Jeremy Silbert said the officer, who has not been identified, was charged with animal cruelty and was going through the arrest process at Central Booking.

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