MARIETTA, GA – A Georgia man stands accused of hideous animal abuse after mutilating two puppies that a neighbor had asked him to keep at his house for a few days.
Robert Williams Davis, 38, was arrested shortly before midnight on Saturday. He was charged with two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and three counts of tampering with evidence. According to the arrest warrant, Davis allegedly beheaded a 6-week-old black and white pit bull puppy late Saturday night with a pair of scissors.
“The puppy’s neck was completely severed with the head attached to the body by a single piece of skin,” an affidavit says. “The puppy’s body did not appear to contain blood, suggesting the puppy’s head was severed while the puppy was still alive.” That sound you may be hearing is my blood starting to boil.
The unfortunate pooch was decapitated by what was described as a “sawing” type motion, according to the police report. This is I ask, “Just five minutes, worm your honor, him and me alone?” [Pink Floyd reference in an article about a decapitated puppy? Nice. - Morbid]
Davis reportedly stabbed a second dog, a 6-week-old tan and white pit bull, in the throat with the same pair of scissors. Shame no large-scale models of the dogs were around to get their maul on. ”The puppy’s wound was large and deep,” the warrant states, adding that the act may have taken place while the dog was still alive.
Davis then buried the dogs along with the scissors in shallow graves in his backyard, which multiple news sources have reported is in the 1100 block of Mable Street in Mableton, in case anybody was curious. According to Cobb Police Sgt. Dana Pierce, the report gave no motive for Davis’ slaughtering the animals, but it did say that one of the dogs could have had parvo, which is a contagious virus mainly affecting dogs.
Pierce reported that Davis was supposed to be taking care of the dogs, which had been given to a 14-year-old neighbor who wasn’t allowed to keep them at his house. A pit bull rescue group was scheduled to pick up the puppies in a couple of days, but never got the chance.
“[The teenager] went down to check on the puppies earlier [on Saturday] and [Davis] told them that one of the puppies had died and that he had buried it,” Pierce said.
Sometime later that afternoon, Davis was in the car with the teenager and another man when he admitted to killing one of the puppies. Shortly after they returned, Davis showed [a witness] and three other juveniles the buried puppies,” said Pierce.
“[Davis] dug [one of the puppies] up from its grave and showed them the body,” the warrant states. A neighbor, Tyler Tedesco, called Cobb police after learning that Davis had murdered the puppies.
“I saw that, I dropped what I was doing and just walked away. I couldn’t bear to see that because I raised those dogs,” said Tedesco.
The warrant states that Davis tried to dispose of one of the dogs’ bodies by tossing it over his fence and into “thick vegetation” in the woods behind his home. Kudzu or not, the ploy didn’t work, and Davis was arrested. He remains in the Cobb County Jail on a $250,000 bond.
If convicted on all charges, Davis faces between one and five years in prison and up to $15,000 for each cruelty charge, in addition to one to three years in jail on the tampering with evidence charges. After his release, he can always go look for a job with the Philadelphia Eagles.