Officers Who Forced Man to Behead His Own Dog Must be Punished

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

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

A sheriff’s deputy allegedly 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.


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.


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Photo Credit: Joe Goodwin

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  1. Get rid of the bastard! Send him a few years to solitary confinement so that he can ponder his actions!

  2. Salmz Hack-Suzé says:

    Do the same to that sub-human. An eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth.

  3. What sort of police force do you have in the USA ???? Murdering people and now beheading family pets. These monstrous investigators are not fit to be in the force and should be prosecuted for their actions.
    Absolutely shameful.

  4. Stupid owner. He would refuse and start a process against this garbage officers. I would go to prison gladly with them just to start an indemnity law suit for my lost dog which I don’t see any reason not even if the dog attack them to be killed as they are human have preparation and supposedly brain to deal with unexpected situations, and also a law suit against my own arrest, based in what??? Because I refuse to behead my own dog??? This world is sick because people see evil and do nothing to stop it.


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