Georgia man says deputies made him cut his dog’s head off

Georgia man forced to cut his dog's head off after an officer shot it. (WCMH)
Georgia man forced to cut his dog's head off after an officer shot it. (WCMH)

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Ga. (WCMH) — A man in Georgia says deputies ordered him to cut his own dog’s head off after it became aggressive.

Crawford County Sheriff Lewis Walker told WMGT that deputies were recently called to a home after a dog attacked a woman. After arriving on scene the dog became aggressive with deputies.

“The deputy left there and went to make contact with the owner of the dog. When he pulled into the driveway and got out of the vehicle, that same dog approached him again in an aggressive manner,” said Lewis.

That’s when the deputy shot the dog. Video recorded after the dog was shot shows one of the deputies asking the owner, Joe Goodwin, to behead his dog as a means of checking for rabies.

A conversation between Goodwin and the deputies can be heard on the video: “I reacted to you telling me I had to cut my f—ing dog’s head off. We’re asking you to remove the dogs head, and you’re refusing right?”

Later, video shows the deputy placing the dog’s head into a grocery bag.

“You know sometimes you go to a call, and it could go from one situation to another. But this is not a call we go out to try and put down anyone’s animal,” Lewis told WMGT.

Lewis says they are reviewing the video before deciding what to do next. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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