A dog owner from Georgia uploaded several unsettling videos on Facebook that appear to show him decapitating his dog after the animal was shot dead by police. The owner, Nathan Goodwin, claimed an officer forced him to perform the gruesome act by giving him an ultimatum: cut off the dog’s head or go to jail.
“We asking you to remove the dog head,” Crawford County Investigator James Hollis tells Goodwin in the clip. “And you’re refusing, right?”
“I ain’t got a knife to cut it off.”
Goodwin said police shot his 2-year-old-dog “Big Boy” on Friday after it lunged at an officer, who was responding to reports that it allegedly bit a neighbor. After allegedly killing Goodwin’s pet, police are accused of telling Goodwin to cut off the dog’s head so it could be tested for rabies.
He told WMAZ-TV that at first, officers said he could take the dog to the vet for rabies testing, or he could remove the head. Goodwin then alleged they wouldn't let him leave to take the dog to the vet. That's when Hollis allegedly threatened to arrest him for not removing Big Boy's head. So, Goodwin complied and shot a cellphone video as he cut his own dog’s head off. He posted the extremely graphic, chilling video on Facebook.
Later footage shot by Goodwin shows Hollis arguing with Goodwin and threatening to arrest him.
"You're not fittin' to talk to me or my deputy like that,” Hollis says in the clip.
“I’m protecting myself. Y’all come up to me. [...] I’m reacting to having to cut my [...] dog’s head off,” Goodwin replies.
After the dog’s head was removed, police can be heard on video instructing Goodwin’s girlfriend to place the head in a plastic bag and drop it off at the health department.
According to WMGT, Hollis has been placed on administrative leave following this incident. The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office said the incident is currently under investigation.