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Man accused of stabbing pig now out on bond

POSTED: April 8, 2013 8:39 p.m.

Benjamin Fullwood

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A Springfield man arrested last week on charges of attacking a domestic pig is out of jail after posting bond Friday night.

Bond had been set at $25,000 earlier Friday for Benjamin Fullwood, 23, who was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, obstruction and trespassing. According to the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, Fullwood incited two pit bull terriers to attack the pig and then he stabbed the animal more than 20 times Wednesday in front of several witnesses, including children.

“I was informed by Humane Enforcement that Mr. Fullwood did not have ownership of the dogs,” said Chief Magistrate Scott Hinson. “However, prior history has shown concern with his behavior regarding domestic animals. Therefore, a condition of his bond is for him to not be around any domesticated animals and to not return to Bevill’s Mobile Home Park, the location of the incident.”

The pig had gotten loose from its owner’s property on Courthouse Road and wandered into Bevill’s Mobile Home Park, according to ECSO spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor. The pig, named Oliver, was lost and posed no threat to anyone, Ehsanipoor said.

While some residents of the trailer park were trying to find the pig’s owner, Fullwood released two pit bulls on the pig and then stabbed the animal 23 times with a knife in full view of children and other bystanders, Ehsanipoor said. Fullwood lives in the mobile home park but went into someone else’s yard to attack the pig, according to Ehsanipoor.

Despite its serious injuries from the attack, the pig survived. Oliver was treated at Webb Animal Clinic and returned to his owner, Ehsanipoor said.

Judge Hinson said if Fullwood violates any condition of his bond, a court hearing will be held to decide bond revocation.

The case remains under investigation, Ehsanipoor said.


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