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Police: Man 'indicated he would rather kill Cletus and appeared to start to choke the dog'

Benjamin Scott Goodman was taken into custody on charges of Animal Abuse 2 and Interfering with a Police Officer, according to police. (Lane County Jail photo, SBG file photo)

EUGENE, Ore. - Officers attempting to quarantine a dog that bit two people say the animal's owner declared "he would rather kill" the dog and "appeared to start to choke the dog" before slamming the animal into the ground, Eugene Police said Thursday.

The incident ended with the owner in jail - and two dogs impounded.

The incident happened Wednesday evening when a police officer accompanied an animal welfare officer in an attempt to locate the owner of a British Bulldog named Cletus "who had recently bitten two people and needed to be quarantined," police said in a report.

The officers located the owner, identified by police as 39-year-old Benjamin Scott Goodman.

"He walked over with his two dogs, including Cletus. He was advised of the need for quarantine for Cletus and he became upset," police said in a report. "He indicated he would rather kill Cletus and appeared to start to choke the dog. An officer intervened with a warning and advised Goodman he would be tased if he did not comply. Goodman slammed Cletus on the ground and officers commanded Goodman to get on the ground."

Goodman got on the ground and was taken into custody on charges of Animal Abuse 2 and Interfering with a Police Officer, according to police.

Animal Welfare took custody of the dogs.

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