A Georgia man plans to take legal action against the police after he said they shot his dog and forced him to cut its head off with a kitchen knife. (Warning: the photos and video below are graphic.)
Joe Nathan Goodwin, of Crawford County, Georgia, said he received a call from his girlfriend, Natasha Dakon, while he was at work on Dec. 1. Dakon told Goodwin that police shot his pit bull-type dog, Big Boy, while responding to a report that the canine bit a neighbor, reported Daily Mail.
When Goodwin arrived at his home, police told him that Big Boy had lunged at them as if to attack, which is why they fired the shots. He told WMAZ that he understood and accepted that part, but decided to share the rest of the story because he did not "want this to happen again to any other person."
"I don't think anyone should be forced to do what I had to do to their own animal," he told the station. "I am sick to my stomach. I can't get that scene out of my head."
Goodwin filmed one of the officers -- investigator James Hollis -- ordering Goodwin to decapitate his own dog so that it could be tested for rabies.
"We're asking you to remove the dog's head and you're refusing, right?" Hollis says in the footage.
Goodwin refused at first, telling the officer that he doesn't have a knife.
"If you would just listen, we don't know this process either," Hollis' partner says at one point.
In another clip, Goodwin is slammed against the hood of a car when he doesn't comply with the unexpected request.
"I tell you what," Hollis tells Goodwin at one point, according to The Free Thought Project. "I will take you to jail and charge you."
Goodwin asks: "Charge me with what?" to which Hollis responds: "When I get there, I'll give you the charges."
He was later told he would be charged with disorderly conduct.
Goodwin's children were reportedly on his property and watched as the police shot and killed the pet, though he noted on Facebook that he made sure his kids were out of sight for the rest of the gruesome ordeal, which he recorded and posted to his Facebook page.
"I removed my dog's head and I put it in some Kroger bag and I showed the officer: 'Here's the head, this is what you wanted, right?'" Goodwin recounted to WMAZ.