When power is in the wrong hands, it can be a very dangerous thing. Unfortunately, there have been a number of incidents where police officers have reacted hastily without thought and shot and killed people’s beloved pets in their very own homes, often with the unproven claim that they felt threatened by the animals. A tragedy similar to this occurred in Crawford County, Georgia.
Nate Goodwin was at work when he received a call from his girlfriend, informing him that their beloved two-year-old Pit Bull named Big Boy had been shot and killed by a police officer after a neighbor reported the dog for biting. Goodwin rushed home, but the nightmare was far from over. Although the interaction between Goodwin and the officer who killed Big Boy was calm, matters took a turn for the worse when sheriff’s investigator James Hollis showed up to the scene.
Hollis ordered Goodwin to behead his dead dog or be arrested and taken to jail. When Goodwin asked what crime he was committing by not beheading his beloved dog, the officer said he could take him in for “disorderly conduct.” Seeing no other option, Goodwin was then forced to use a kitchen knife to cut off Big Boy’s head while the officer ordered Goodwin’s girlfriend, who was in tears, to put the dog’s head in a plastic bag. She was told that the head needed to be brought to the health department to test for rabies. Goodwin later explained that the officers offered him the option to call a veterinarian and pay to have the head removed, but he was unable to afford the expense.
Executing his rights, Goodwin recorded this shocking and disturbing incident, and the videos which have not been taken down have gone viral and stirred an uproar. You can watch the footage here, but we warn you, it is very graphic and upsetting.
A petition on Care2 has been written to demand justice for Big Boy and his family and fire James Hollis from his position. His actions are an egregious abuse of power and someone with such a lack of compassion and sound judgment should not be given the position which he has.
Please take a moment to sign the petition and make sure you share it with your network to increase support for justice for this dog and his grieving family.
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