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

Published: February 01, 2021 at 09:40 AM Author: Penny Eims

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 9/17/2021: Animal Victory has learned that the defendants are set to appear for a preliminary hearing on 10/13/ 2021 at 1:10 p.m.

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.



The Jackson Sun


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

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