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Witnesses Claim Animal Control Officers Beat Dog To Death With A Shovel

Published: January 08, 2021 at 09:40 AM Author: Penny Eims

Humboldt, Tennessee – Witnesses in Humboldt, Tennessee, claim that animal control officers were seen beating a dog to death with a shovel outside of the animal control facility. A social media post about the disturbing situation reads, in part, “he just witnessed two guys from the dog pound in Humboldt beat this poor dog with a shovel til it was dead. One guy had the shovel as the other one held the dog down with the dog catcher pole. The poor dog was yelping til its last breath!! Kevin said the sound of that dog crying was horrifying.”

The witness claims that the men threw the dog’s body into a garbage pile, and then covered it with a bulldozer. Other witnesses (said to be five in total) claim that the men continued to harm other dogs until they realized that they were being recorded (screenshot of social media post below).


These are not just baseless social media claims. The local Humboldt Police Department has started an investigation and Mayor Marvin Sikes has released a statement:

“I promise this issue is being investigated by Humboldt PD and the DA’s office and I will do everything in my powers to see that these employees will be punished to the severity of there (sic) actions. I will not tolerate the actions being claimed. I promise I will not accept this kind of behavior from any city employee.”

Please sign the petition today – we will be presenting your signatures and comments to city officials along with a request for a full investigation. If the investigation confirms the damning eyewitness claims, we want these men to be fired and charged for their actions!

The allegations from these witnesses are abhorrent! There is no reason that ANY dog should be beaten with a shovel, much less by city employees. We do not want this situation to be swept under the rug. The local police department was inundated with calls from outraged people, and Humboldt Police Chief Reynard Buchanan has confirmed that an investigation is underway.

We want your signatures and comments to present to the district attorney when/if the investigation reveals that the eyewitness statements are true. If this is the case, these men must be fired and charged! Animal cruelty cannot be tolerated!

Animal Victory is committed to following this situation and we will keep petition supporters apprised of the investigation findings.

Update 5/04/2022: Animal Victory was told by the court clerk that this case was disposed and sealed. She was unable to see or provide any other information.

Update 3/3/2022: The court clerk has informed Animal Victory that the next court date is scheduled for 4/4/2022 at 1 p.m.

Update 11/29/2021: Animal Victory has been informed that the next court date is scheduled for  2/23/2022, at 1:00 p.m.

Update 10/12/2021: Animal Victory has sent 39,938 signatures to Attorney Frederick Agee.

Update 9/17/2021: Animal Victory has learned that both defendants, Johnson and Pafford, are set to appear for a preliminary hearing on 10/13/ 2021 at 1:10 p.m.

Update 6/28/2021: Animal Victory has learned that court has been rescheduled to Aug. 25, at 1:00 p.m.

Update 6/24/2021: Animal Victory sent over 24,800 signatures to District Attorney Frederick Agee for the trial scheduled for June 25.

Update 6/21/2021: Animal Victory spoke with the Humboldt, Tennessee, clerk of courts and learned that the trial is ongoing, and no pleas have been entered. The next trial date is for June 25 at 1:00 p.m.

Update 1/12/2021: Animal Victory sent our letter of intent along with over 15,500 signatures to District Attorney Frederick AgeeRead our letter here.

Huge update 1/9/2021: On Thursday, police arrested James Johnson, 76, and Bruce Pafford, 56. The men are facing a Class E felony aggravated animal cruelty charge which could result in up to two years in jail. District Attorney Frederick Agee said, “If they’re found guilty, the amount of time they’d be sentenced to would depend on what kind of past record they have.”

Individuals are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.



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Witnesses Claim Animal Control Officers Beat Dog To Death With A Shovel

13,677 signatures = 39% of goal


13,677 John Robertson Nov 30, 2022
13,676 Lisel Sipes That looks like there is nothing inside his skull. Nov 19, 2022
13,675 Dana Dykes Nov 19, 2022
13,674 Charlotte Jones Nov 04, 2022
13,673 Lisa Cairns Oct 20, 2022
13,672 Shannon Nichols Oct 07, 2022
13,671 Michele Pierce Oct 05, 2022
13,670 Marga Gili Sep 22, 2022
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13,668 CAROLINE SEIDELMAN Sep 16, 2022
13,667 Carmen Verdugo Sep 11, 2022
13,666 Michelle Krueger Sep 09, 2022
13,665 Tina Woods Sep 03, 2022
13,664 Nancy Coupe Sep 03, 2022
13,663 Daria Bucklin Sep 02, 2022
13,662 LEO MENDEZ Aug 30, 2022
13,661 MARIE BOTEILHO Aug 30, 2022
13,660 COURTNEY WHITNEY Aug 17, 2022
13,659 laura raforth Aug 15, 2022
13,658 Vickie Barnett Aug 10, 2022
13,657 Renee Crawford Aug 10, 2022
13,656 Jeanette Uy why was this case disposed?!!! those two animal control officers should be charged! i can't understand why, even with enough proof, this case was not properly investigated and resolved with the punishment of those two officers. makes me sick! Aug 10, 2022
13,655 Rose Bubello Aug 07, 2022
13,654 Ana Carolina Casey Please put this horrible animal abusers in prison for ever evil monsters criminals ! Aug 05, 2022
13,653 kingsley clary Jul 15, 2022
13,652Anonymous Jul 14, 2022
13,651 Lacee Mikkelsen Jul 13, 2022
13,649 Kate Thornton Jul 07, 2022
13,648 DeAnn Hill Jun 30, 2022