Punish Officers Who Forced Man to Behead His Own Dog

Target: Lewis S. Walker, Sheriff for Crawford County, Georgia

Goal: Fire officers responsible for shooting a man’s dog and then forcing the owner to decapitate him.

A sheriff’s deputy shot a beloved family dog, named Big Boy, after he had bit a neighbor and reportedly lunged at the officer. To make matters worse, when the dog’s owner arrived on the scene, another investigator ordered the man to behead his dog so that his brain could be checked for signs of rabies. When owner Joe Goodwin refused to comply, the officers threatened to place him under arrest.

The incident was filmed and appears to show the investigators intimidating Goodwin and threatening to send him to jail for refusing to decapitate his own recently slain dog. Although Goodwin did use profanity, it is understandable that he was distraught over the loss of his companion. Many have agreed that the investigator’s request was entirely unreasonable, as only a trained veterinarian should attempt to perform this procedure.

The investigators shown in the video appear to show a complete lack of remorse for both the dog’s death and his owner’s distress. No animal owner should be forced to dismember their pet under the threat of going to jail. Sign this petition to demand that these officers be relieved of their duties if they are found guilty of wrongdoing.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Sheriff Walker,

An officer appears to have threatened to arrest a man when he refused orders to decapitate his own dog. The pit bull mix, named Big Boy, was killed after he reportedly bit a neighbor and lunged at a sheriff’s deputy. While it is deeply unfortunate that this animal died, and the circumstances surrounding the shooting must be investigated, what happened next is unthinkable.

The dog’s owner, a man named Joe Goodwin, was intimidated by investigators on the scene who appear to have forced him to behead his own dog to check for rabies. This behavior is unprofessional, and should never be expected of an animal’s owner. Only a veterinarian has the skill and training to perform such a procedure. We, the undersigned, demand that you investigate these events thoroughly and have these officers permanently relieved of their duties if these allegations are true.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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58 Comments

  1. Brenda lynn Evans says:

    Sick people just sick. Poor dog

  2. Lidia Garcia says:

    Justice for this cruelty nightmare this is just horrible.

  3. Emma Jean Enlow says:

    No man should be forced to harm their own dog. Even these officers should be punished.

  4. Marianne F says:

    The dog attacked a neighbor. There is no detail on that. Officers had no business asking man to do surgery on his dog. That should be done by a real doctor. But at the same dog the dog was vicious and calling the dog a beloved family pet does not change that.

    • Thomas lawson says:

      Obviously related to one of the officers, trying to sway judgement when the article is not saying debating if the decision to terminate the dog was correct.the article in simple and plain terms speaks about the justification to (force)an un-qualified owner to perform a procedure on his own dog under duress of false pretenses.

    • Melissa A. says:

      Are you mental? No that was a dumb question because obviously you are. Noone would or could EVER force me with jail nor gun to decapitate my dog. I cant imagine what state of mind he must’ve been in after his dog was killed. But let me tell u somethin lady,come in my dogs yard and she’ll bite you too. N dn right shes a beloved family pet! Draw on my pet n you’ll be put down also just like atleast one of those pigs would’ve been. N that’s exactly what they were, sry pigs!

      • Stephanie says:

        I commend your passion for the mistreatment of this dog and his owner. However do not refer to police as pigs as a cop’s daughter most of these men and women put their lives on the line every day to protect us some not all make gross errors and make the rest of them look bad but without police we would have absolute chaos and who would you call if there were no police and you were being attacked or your home was being invaded?

  5. Judy Griggle says:

    It is time to start hanging abusers upside down by their balls til dead. Finis

  6. Greg Davis says:

    Let’s look at this closer. Neighbor was bitten….how badly, how many stitches? Then, dog attempts to attack Officers. As much as I love animals, if I was about to be attacked, I would shoot. A video is mentioned that shows all this happening. So, where is it?? I need proof to make a decision on this. The article is just a group of words with nothing to support and back it up. To me, at this time, it is just an article written by who knows who with no supporting evidence. I am sure no one wants to end up laying blame on a bogus charge or situation!! Or is that just my opinion?

  7. Mary Sundberg says:

    All the humans should be punished in this case. Animals are trained to be mean. They are born gentle & loving.

    • Barbara Miller Murphy says:

      That animal could have been doing what it was there for – to protect!! Until you and anyone else knows the COMPLETE story, no judgement should passed.

  8. This is completely unfathomable to me. I’d go to jail first! How DARE they force the family to behead their beloved, yes..BELOVED, pet! Who truly knows what transpired? If it did, in fact, happen as they’ve said..all involved deserve to be terminated. Show the public the video evidence! How callous can one be? This is totally unacceptable of our ‘professionals’ who are supposed to serve and protect. Furthermore, if the officers went onto their property, Big Boy had every right to protect his territory. This is what gives the good guys in blue a bad name. Utterly disgusting!!!!!!

  9. Maria Ricart says:

    Can we do the same to them. This is unacceptable. What type of human would do something like that.

  10. Stephanie says:

    I commend your passion for the mistreatment of this dog and his owner. However do not refer to police as pigs as a cop’s daughter most of these men and women put their lives on the line every day to protect us some not all make gross errors and make the rest of them look bad but without police we would have absolute chaos and who would you call if there were no police and you were being attacked or your home was being invaded?

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