Family dog chopped up by boat prop

Family dog chopped up in prop after man ran him over with a boat

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An Alabama family is mourning the loss of their dog, who died after being chopped up by the prop of a boat on Lake Martin. The terrible details about what happened to two-year-old Cletus, a boxer, were posted to Facebook by Sonya McGowan, a friend of the grieving family.

What happened to Cletus?

According to a friend of the dog’s family, on July 16, around dusk, friends and family were playing and exploring around Goat Island. Cletus and a goat were swimming in the water and appeared to be struggling. McGowan wrote:

My mom was concerned for both of the animals so she and our friends started the engine on their boat to go rescue the animals moving cautiously towards them.

According to McGowan, a man in a pontoon boat blocked her mom’s path to the dog and goat – initially, it was believed that the man wanted to help the animals, but his cruel intent quickly became clear. McGowan wrote:

“However, after he pulled closer up he ran right over our boxer and went straight for the goat. The tired and now injured Cletus bobbed up out of the water after getting hit and struggled to try and climb up on the pontoon boat. My mom and our friends were yelling cut your motor off, cut you motor off!”

What happened next is unbelievable

The horror didn’t stop after the man ran over the dog – he backed up his boat, chopping up the dog’s body in the prop of the motor. McGowan recounted the horrific scene:

“Despite the desperate pleas to turn his motor off, He did not attempt to get Cletus on his boat or turn his motor off. He put his boat in reverse and Cletus went straight into his motor. A dark pool of blood appeared instantly along with chunks of Cletus’ body that immediately floated to the surface. Cletus was gone, killed senselessly from an evil man without any remorse. One witness to the slaying states”It was a bloodbath, horrific, cruel and preventable.”

Charges against the accused man?

PETA has been informed of the cruel incident. According to McGowan, the Elmore County Sheriff’s Department has “not been helpful.”

Sheriff department website here.

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19 replies

    I hope someone caught a look at this evil person. what a horrible way to die for that poor dog. then he was going for the goat. that guy has something wrong to be so cruel.

  2. Jan Barnes says:

    Should receive the death penalty. Otherwise, should be chopped up by boats or fed to super hungry sharks!

  3. pamela bolton says:

    Leave it to “law enforcement” to have our backs. Don’t know what they are good for but it sure isn’t to protect and serve.

  4. Bunny Peters says:

    WTF??? The Sheriff refused to “help”???
    I am sick inside and livid at the same time!!! Just who is this POS who murdered this poor dog??? I think a good attorney can help sue this POS into financial oblivion (it won’t bring Cletus back, but I think the whole family needs serious counseling….. I know that I would require serious therapy if I saw my furbaby murdered in front of me)……..

    Cletus, your life mattered and you deserve justice!!! RIP precious treasure……. Your life was stolen from you….. You didn’t deserve to be tortured and murdered…… please look for MacKitty in Heaven….. you will be welcome to join his group of snuggle buddies…….. so sorry that you were failed so horribly by humans……..

    Find, prosecute & lock up the useless POS (and lose the keys)……. He should only leave prison in a pine box……..

    The POS who murdered Cletus will burn in Hell forever for his cruelty…… here’s hoping that he gets there ASAP (after dying a horrible death alone, afraid, in agony & (worst of all) unloved)……

  5. Adrienne says:

    I hope that someone notifies the police department and they arrest this killer. What was his motive for doing that since he says nothing about him owning Goat Island. Obviously by the name goats are there and this poor dog Cletus was playing with a goat but must have been having trouble in the water that his family went into the water with their boat to slowly get him. Who wouldn’t think that the man with the pontoon boat was trying to at least save the dog,but going directly into the dog showed otherwise. Why, is the question these scum needs to answer to the owners of Cletus and injuring him once, he should have at least tried to help him,no not this scum, backed up into him where he was caught by the motor to die such a horrible death. I hope the owners of Cletus file charges against this vile scum for knowingly and intentionally killing their dog right before their eyes. He needs to be in jail and his pontoon boat be taken away from him forever. Please keep us informed as to what further will happen. What a horrible thing for the owners to witness.

  6. Kat says:

    Someone needs to take that sub-human slime and stick him under the biggest propeller and chop him into a million pieces! There was no reason for him to murder a defenseless animal!

  7. pennysdachshunds says:

    What is with Elmore County and the So Called Sheriff!!! What if this had been a child??? This Bastard was either on “METH” “COKE” ” Booze” or a combination of All the Prior…. Brutal, Torturous, and for what Reason::: JUST BECAUAE HE COULD!!!

  8. Darla says:

    Definitely time for that asshole to have an unfortunate boating accident himself with the prop of a boat. I’d be more than happy to accidentally run over his lowlife ass and chop him up, I could sure use a giggle watching his blood flow.

  9. maxiemom says:

    OMG!!! Too bad the family didn’t have a gun, or if they did, didn’t think to use it!

    It would have been perfectly justified in this instance.

    So is the use of a wood chipper when he’s found.

  10. Nancy Raymond says:

    This intentional cruelty to an innocent defenseless animal needs some serious revenge. Cletus was having fun and this hunk of maggot shit decided to literally destroy his and his family’s life – and the Elmore County Sheriff’s department could care less. Somewhere there is an act of retaliation in store for this disgusting hunk of trash – I do hope he gets his just due and it is long, painful and he suffers big time. I implore the family to go back to the same area and see if this subhuman is on his boat – don’t bother with the authorities – they are useless – just take a 12 gauge w/you and get sweet revenge for Cletus.

  11. Mary Ann Clark says:

    The only reasons that I can think of for the sheriff’s department refusal to do anything is (1) this monster is a member of this police department or (2) that this monster is a relative or friend of a member of this department! In any case this should be considered corruption on the part of this entire police department and they should all be prosecuted! Has anyone called the attorney general or the FBI? This is an election year!

  12. Louisa Cornell says:

    It is going to take a great deal of public outcry and bad national publicity for the sheriff’s department in this county to do a damned thing. I live in this country. The sheriff’s department does not do ANYTHING about animal cruelty unless it gets their names in the news. Women accused of any sort of neglect or cruelty are prosecuted IF they story gets in the news. MEN who are accused of cruelty or neglect are NEVER prosecuted. This man probably has friends in law enforcement or is related to one of them. This sheriff’s department has been reported to the FBI for illegal treatment of prisoners (especially non-white prisoners.) They are worthless. Please keep the pressure on them from all over the world and MAYBE someone will be brought to justice for Cletus’s death. The name of the waste of flesh and oxygen who did this NEEDS to be posted so he can be shamed far and wide.

  13. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    That’s buklshit that the sheriffs aren’t willing to arrest this asshole for what he did to that poor dog. I hope they come to their senses and charge him with this horrific crime. RIP Cletus. So sorry

  14. Bunny Peters says:

    I sent an email to Animal Control Officer Barris:

    This note is for Animal Control Officer Barris:

    Please find, prosecute, & lock up the useless POS who cruelly murdered Cletus {2 year old dog purposefully run over into a boat propeller and chopped up alive in front of his family} and please lose the keys……. He should only leave prison in a pine box……..

    I am sick inside and livid at the same time!!! Cletus, your life mattered and you deserve justice!!! RIP precious treasure……. Your life was stolen from you….. You didn’t deserve to be tortured and murdered…… please look for MacKitty in Heaven….. you will be welcome to join his group of snuggle buddies…….. so sorry that you were failed so horribly by humans……..


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