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Dog killed by ambulance — EMS worker fired over mutilating body & posting pictures

SC Polk County EMS dog mutilation

This story is a combination of SMACSS (Social Media Assisted Career Suicide Syndrome) and some very strange behavior by an EMS worker (or anyone).

Myra Ruiz, WYFF-TV:

A Polk County EMS employee was fired after county officials said he decapitated and skinned a dead dog’s body.

The 9-year-old Shiloh shepherd named Goliath was hit and killed by an ambulance that was responding to a call.

Investigators said Michael Purdy removed the dog’s body from the scene and took it home.

Dal Kalsi & Amanda Shaw, WCSC-TV:

Off-duty Polk County EMS technician Michael Purdy is accused of taking and mutilating the dog’s body after the crash. Goliath’s owner said he posted photos of the dog’s body on social media, indicating he thought it was a wolf.

“I want so much to believe it was a huge error in misjudgment in [his] actions,” the dog’s owner said. “But nevertheless it is hard to process the grandiose behavior and lack of empathy especially on Mr. Purdy.”

Purdy was fired after lying about events leading up to him taking and mutilating the animal, according to County Manager Marche Pittman.

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