Former EMS employee appeals conviction in dog mutilation case

COLUMBUS-Former Polk County EMS employee Michael David Purdy, 31, filed an appeal after being convicted earlier this month of resisting a public officer in a dog mutilation case. Purdy, convicted of one count of resisting public officer on July 12. filed an appeal on July 21. The appeal is scheduled to be heard Aug. 23.

Purdy was sentenced to 30 days in jail, which was suspended for him to serve one year of unsupervised probation, 50 hours of community service and court costs.

Purdy was terminated from his county employment in January after he allegedly took a deceased dog from the Peniel and Little Mountain Rd. area near Columbus and mutilated it, by skinning and beheading the dog. The dog, named Goliath, was a Shiloh Shepherd mix the family had owned for nine years. Because the dog was deceased, District Attorney Newman said there is no law against what Purdy did to the dog.