HINESVILLE, Ga. (WSAV) – According to Hinesville Police Officer, Wilson Rodriquez, he and officer Jerry Britting responded to a call of a dog being mutilated in the 700 block of Peggy Sue Street.
When Rodriquez arrived, the dogs owner Johnathon Jones, 26, told the officer that he had asked his neighbor Steven Dobbs, around 2 p.m., if he could watch his dog.
Dobbs took the Pitbull puppy to his home across the street. When Jones arrived at Dobbs home around 7:30 p.m. he began to bang on his door asking for his dog.
When the men spoke, Jones asked Dobbs if he had seen his dog. According to the report, allegedly Dobbs told Jones, “I cut your dogs tail off. The ears are next.” Jones thought Dobbs was joking at first. The dog, which was not at Dobbs’ residence, according to the report, made its way back home to Jones’ residence. Jones immediately noticed the dog’s tail was cut off approximately half of its original size.
Jones called 911 to report the mutilation.
Officers Rodriquez and Britting went to Dobbs’ residence to inquire about the dog’s injury, where Dobbs told the officers Jones had given him the dog, and he did not cut the dogs tail off.
The officers noticed what appeared to be blood on the floor of the carport and they informed Dobbs they were going to video tape it as they followed the trail. The trail of blood lead to a trash bin and the officers found what appeared to be a tail.
On Wednesday evening around 6:30 p.m., officers from the Hinesville police department and the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office surrounded Dobbs’ home and began banging on his door to come out. After several minutes, Dobbs exited the home from the carport door and was immediately placed under arrest for Felony Cruelty to an Animal.
Detective Kyle Larimore, who is investigating the mutilation, swore out the warrant for Dobbs arrest.