Bel Air woman accuses Harford sheriff's deputy of running over dog

A Bel Air woman is claiming a Harford County sheriff's deputy ran over her dog, seriously injuring it, after it got loose in the street.

Colleen Bohlen, of the 600 block of Lochern Terrace, wrote a letter complaining that her son-in-law saw a sheriff's office vehicle drag the 8-year-old border collie, Rufus, after the dog was accidentally released from Bohlen's yard on Thursday.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cristie Kahler said officials are aware of the complaint.

"The owner of the dog has spoken with members of our Command Team," Kahler said via email. "We offered to meet with the third party witness to reconcile the details of the incident. Our efforts to satisfactorily address the situation have been halted as the owner of the dog has decided to move forward with a formal complaint, restricting any further comment from the Sheriff's Office."

Bohlen did not see the incident, but she said her son-in-law told her he was making his way toward the sheriff's car, which was at a complete stop, when the officer accelerated over the dog and dragged him more than 100 feet around the corner.

The incident left a trail of blood and left Rufus, who was taken to the Animal Emergency Hospital in Bel Air, with internal bruising, many lacerations and other injuries.

Bohlen said Tuesday the dog is expected to make a full recovery.

Bohlen, who has filed a formal complaint with the Sheriff's Office, said her vet bill came to $2,500.

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