According to the Effingham County Sheriff's Office, all hell broke loose at a mobile home park in Springfield after a neighbors pet pig managed to escape his owner's yard and had the bad misfortune of crossing Fullwood's path.
Investigators say park residents were trying to locate the pig's owner when Fullwood saw the animal and ordered his two pit bulls to attack. At some point during the attack, Fullwood pulled his dogs off the pig and commenced stabbing the animal with a knife.
The animal suffered 27 stab wounds as children and other bystanders begged Fullwood to stop. The pig - whose name is Oliver - survived the attack, sustaining injury mostly to his neck and hind quarters.
"This was an unprovoked attack. The pig was posing no threat to anybody," said Sheriff's Office spokesperson, David Ehsanipoor. "It was just brutal."
When deputies arrived on the scene, Fullwood initially lied about the attack, stating that he had been punching the pig. Deputies were unconvinced by his statement after interviewing witnesses at the scene and evaluating the animal's wounds.
Oliver is expected to make a full recovery.
Fullwood was booked into jail and charged with felony cruelty to animals, criminal trespass and obstruction of a law enforcement officer. His bond has been set at $25,000.
He was arrested in 2011 on animal cruelty charges after he allegedly left several animals in unkempt cages for several days without food or water, according to the Sheriff's Office.
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