Lothian Police Veteran Charged with Animal Cruelty

From the Anne Arundel County Police spokesman, Justin Mulcahy:

On December 22, 2012, at approximately 3:54 p.m., Anne Arundel County Animal Control received a call from a citizen in the 800 block of Bayard Road in Lothian regarding an at large dog.

An Animal Control Officer responded and eventually departed with the stray dog named “Nicholas.” The dog, determined to be a Shepherd mix, was not microchipped, was underweight and was wearing a blue nylon collar without identification tags. After arriving at Animal Control, staff vaccinated the dog, conducted a medical assessment and ultimately began treating the animal for some existing medical issues. On December 28, 2012, the owners of the animal, Stephen Harr and his wife Cheri Harr, contacted Animal Control. Animal Control confirmed that they were the owners of the dog and informed them that the animal was not being released due to the extent of its medical issues.

Through further investigation, it was revealed that the extent of the dog’s medical issues was believed to be the result of neglect and the failure to provide the animal with the proper medical care. The animal was transported to Waugh Chapel Animal Hospital in Gambrills, Maryland on December 31, 2012, for further assessment and treatment. The dog underwent surgery on January 3, 2013, however, the condition of the animal continued to regress, resulting in the dog being humanely euthanized by Animal Control on January 14, 2013.

As a result of the apparent neglect of the animal, an application for charges was applied for on January 11, 2013, charging the owners with two counts each of misdemeanor Animal Cruelty. A criminal summons was subsequently issued that day and the owners were served on January 15, 2013. Stephen Harr, an 11-year veteran of the Anne Arundel County Police Department, has since been placed on administrative duty with his police powers suspended pending the outcome of the investigation. Please note that no booking photos are available as a criminal summons was issued.

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