County Cop Involved in Animal Cruelty Investigation

Police are looking into the apparent neglect of a dog that was located in Lothian.

An 11-year veteran of the Anne Arundel County Police Department was placed on administrative duty with his police powers suspended while an investigation is conducted into his dog’s medical issues.

Anne Arundel Animal Control received a call about the dog, a Shepherd mix, that was at large in the 800 block of Bayard Road in Lothian on Dec. 22, 2012. The dog was reportedly not microchipped, was wearing a collar without identification tags, and was underweight.

Police said police veteran Stephen Harr and his wife, Cheri Harr, later contacted Animal Control about their dog and were told the dog was not being released due to extensive medical issues. The Harrs live in Harwood, according to online court records.

An investigation revealed the dog's issues were "believed to be the result of neglect and the failure to provide the animal with the proper medical care," according to police.

The dog was treated at Waugh Chapel Animal Hospital in Gambrills but police said the dog was euthanized by Animal Control on Monday after its condition continued to regress.

The Harrs face two counts each of misdemeanor animal cruelty and were served with a criminal summons, according to police.

Stephen Harr was placed on administrative duty with his police powers suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.


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