Youth mentor accused of beating dog to death

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Updated: 7/30/2013 10:17 pm Published: 7/30/2013 10:59 am

The man accused of beating a dog to death with a log told FOX23 News he mentors at-risk kids and doesn't believe the allegations will impact his efforts to help kids.

"As long as God is on my side, I don't have anything to worry about it," said James Woodson.

He told FOX23 News in an exclusive interview he killed the dog out of fear and threw a log at the animal.

"I threw it at him, threw it at him as hard as I could yes," said James Woodson.

Only on FOX2 News, the dog's accused attacker and the dog's owner tell conflicting accounts on how the 10-pound dog died in the street Sunday night.

"Brutal, it's beyond inhumane," said Hannah Walker.

She owned Brutus the half-bred Chihuahua and half weenie dog who was about a year old and weighed 10 pounds.

"That was my baby," said Walker.

The suspected attacker said he was cleaning up tree debris when he saw Brutus and a pit bull walk near his yard and threw a log at one of the dogs.

"It doesn't matter what dog got killed the thing is that both dogs came out and one just happened to be the one that got killed it happened to be the little one," said Woodson.

He was arrested and went to jail on animal cruelty complaints.

Neighbors tell FOX23 News they swarmed the street.

"I heard it and I will never forget it," said Stacey Martinez.
Woodson's arrest report states witnesses told police he beat the dog twice with a log.

"I didn't beat the dog to death, the dog came after me. I was in my yard," said Woodson.
Brutus' owner believes her dog was murdered.

"My dog was just trying to go home," said Walker.

She was at work when her boyfriend called to tell her Brutus was killed. She rushed home and called police.

"I was at work and my dog got out. That’s on me but for him to be killed in the middle of the street was ridiculous," said Walker.

Woodson told FOX23 News he believes the dog was coming after him and he doesn't feel bad.

"What is the big deal?" said Woodson. "I don't care what people believe. I love dogs."

Walker isn't buying it and believes her dog was intentionally killed.

"There is nothing that anyone can do to replace my dog," said Walker.

The director at Tulsa Animal Welfare says the agency has not received a complaint about dogs at the Walker's address.

Woodson faces one count of animal cruelty and posted a $4,000 bond Monday night.

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misstom - 8/1/2013 1:29 AM
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im sorry but poor doggy??? how about the "walking with his pitbull buddy" wasnt clear?? as a dog owner i feel that if i let my dogs out and they trespass into my neighbors yard they cld be killed and.....i also recently almost shot my neighbors dog for coming into my yard and fighting w\my dog. i feel like if a PITT and any other dogs were to come towards me i wld have the same reaction. its sad a dog got killed but responsible pet owners should maintain a SECURE YARD for their animals ALWAYS. i think everyone shld stop hating on this man for doing what MOST of us wld do if a strange pitt along with any other dog would have done and yall know it!!

AAlford - 7/31/2013 2:47 PM
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@awdonald89 I apologize for misnaming Brutus at the end of the story. It was a slip of the tongue. Thank you for letting me know about this. I wanted to make sure you knew that it was an honest mistake.

lg1946 - 7/31/2013 1:50 PM
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sure would like 15 minutes alone with scum bag and a big, big log!

awdonald89 - 7/31/2013 1:05 PM
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I seriously canNOT believe no one else caught that... YOU DIDNT EVEN SAY THE RIGHT NAME AT THE END, LADY!!!!!No more rookies on live news feed, please!

ffshoe - 7/31/2013 11:41 AM
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Wow! You heard his testament! He just admitted his guilt on TV!!! He doesn't think he was in the wrong but just told his story and with eye witnesses I am wondering why this man is out of jail so soon? Or, even out at all! He threw a big stick or log at a large dog and a tiny dog and by chance hits the tiny dog and if that wasn't enough protection from an unconscious 10lb dog he feels the need to beat it to death? What is wrong with society to think this behavior is okay? A mentor for young children? What is he hiding? Parents, beware of this man!!! This is scary, downright scary. And what is really sad, he isn't sorry and has no remorse for his actions. Protective order? YES!

Unwashed Mass - 7/31/2013 10:46 AM
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This is a serious warning flag for this guy, first and foremost that he should not be a role model for kids.

aromlyana - 7/30/2013 11:03 PM
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he says they weren't in his yard, he said they were heading towards it, so the neighbors are right he did go in the street and kill it, and if I was the owner, id sue him for everything he has or will ever think of having, dog murderer needs to be in jail, not out free to do it again when the media isn't watching him. and working with children, whats he going to teach them, right from wrong? I think not because he doesn't know it himself apparently. if he did the dog would still be alive.

Mayor Maynot - 7/30/2013 3:05 PM
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Poor doggy

roadster05r - 7/30/2013 12:01 PM
4 Votes
And society benefits from this guy taking one more breath...How?

billw001 - 7/30/2013 11:44 AM
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Need to beat him with a baseball bat.... If he would do that to a dog, he would have no problem doing that to people...
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