In an interview with a Baltimore radio station, the passerby who was bitten by Nala, Sandy Fleischer, described the disturbing scene when police arrived. Fleischer said officers repeatedly tightened and twisted the noose around Nala's neck after she was already face down on the ground, according to The Daily Beast.
"Almost as if to torture the dog," said Fleischer. "The dog was crying in pain."
As to why officers would cut the throat of a restrained dog, Judge Phinn said evidence provided by Maryland's chief medical examiner, David Fowler, indicated Bolger was trying to put the (allegedly dead) dog out of her misery.
Witnesses, however, said they heard Nala whimper after Bolger cut her throat. Fowler would later testify such a sign is "not uncommon" after death, The Baltimore Sun reported.
"I am devastated and very emotional," wrote Gossard on Facebook Thursday. "I know the truth though and will remember my beloved Nala forever."
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