A man was arrested in Iowa for allegedly yelling at his dog, leading police to believe he was actually threatening to kill it.
Police say the man’s dog was “acting up,” and that he had threatened to kill the dog with a hammer.
The man, Michael Thomas Pritchard, of Fayetteville, Iowa, was arrested after he allegedly yelled at his dogs “You’re not my dog.”
According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the man “repeatedly yelled at the dog to get away from him, which it did,” but then “became more aggressive toward it.”
When deputies attempted to communicate with the man, the dog “cried for several minutes,” the Sheriff’s office reported.
After Pritcher’s dog, named Chipper, had gone into cardiac arrest, deputies were able to tranquilize it.
“It was the best day of my life,” Pritbeck said.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better day.”
According the Polk City News, Pritborn told the newspaper that he was trying to help his neighbor, who was being harassed by his wife and child.
“They’re trying to kill me and their kids,” Pried told the paper.
“And they’re saying things to my wife and children.”
The sheriff’s office said Pritsted was taken to the hospital with “significant facial injuries” and is expected to survive.
The dog is expected in the emergency room soon.
The video, which was shared on social media, has been viewed nearly 2 million times and has received over 1.3 million likes.
“The only way to stop them is to kill them,” Prysborn said.
He told ABC News that he hopes Pritbowts wife will speak out and say that “this kind of behavior is unacceptable and we have to stop it.”
Pritbrings wife to the rescue Pritbitts wife, who is also a police officer, is taking Pritson to court to stop the man from abusing the dog.
“We just want the sheriff to put a stop to it,” Priesbitt told ABC affiliate WTTG-TV.
“Our only thing is to get the dog tranquilized and out of the house.”
The incident has generated a lot of backlash on social platforms, including on Facebook and Twitter, with users questioning how a man can be so dangerous and callously threaten to kill a dog.