LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A Baltimore police officer has been arrested and charged with the brutal and intentional killing of a seven-month-old puppy in Montgomery County.

Alec Eugene Taylor, of the 13800 block of Castle Boulevard in Silver Spring, allegedly became enraged after “Rocko,” a Jack Russell Terrier puppy he owned with his girlfriend, defecated on a carpet inside the couple’s apartment on February 26. After discovering the mess, Taylor used a mop to force the puppy from behind a dryer and choked him to death with his hands, according to police. He then disposed of the dog’s body in a dumpster.

Taylor, 27, texted his girlfriend to confess what he had done and included a picture of the dead puppy, Montgomery County Police said.

The girlfriend asked that he take the dog out of the dumpster so she could bury it when she returned from work. The dog was placed in a shoebox and buried in a park in Hyattsville later that evening.

Taylor’s girlfriend called police to report the incident two days later. During the subsequent investigation Taylor admitted to killing the dog.

A necropsy determined “Rocko” had died of an acute hemorrhagic shock due to blood loss from liver damage caused by blunt force trauma.

Taylor turned himself into police on March 4. He has been charged with a felony count of aggravated animal cruelty and abuse or neglect of an animal.

Baltimore Police have suspended Taylor without pay.

“Allegations of animal cruelty are taken seriously by the Baltimore Police Department,” a statement from Baltimore Police reads. “Over the course of the last year significant emphasis has been placed on developing and training investigators to handle animal abuse incidents in Baltimore. Alec Taylor is a five-year veteran of the Department will be suspended without pay.”

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