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MAN CHARGED IN DEAD ANIMAL PRANK

BSO Case Number: PB04-04-00333
PIO Number: 04-4-4
Date: April 2, 2004
Time: 1811
Place of Occurrence: 2001 North Andrews Avenue Extension, Pompano Beach

Victim(s):

  • Kevin Meloy, 42, 1/2/62, male, 620 NW 47 Street, Pompano Beach
  • A Chihuahua

Suspect(s):

  • Paul Michael Goobie, 47, 6/8/56, male, 7503 SW 7 Court, North Lauderdale

Description of Incident:

A North Lauderdale man played a cruel April Fool’s joke on a co-worker Thursday when he tied a dead dog to the back of the man’s truck.

When Kevin Meloy, of Pompano Beach, left work about 6 p.m. on April 1st, he was unaware that another employee had tied a lifeless Chihuahua to the bumper of his pick-up truck. As Meloy pulled out of the parking lot of ABC Cutting Contractors, Inc. (2001 North Andrews Avenue Extension) and headed home, those who saw the dog being dragged behind the truck tried to stop him. Meloy is deaf and did not hear the people trying desperately to get him to stop.

After about two miles a motorist got Meloy’s attention, and he pulled over near Sample Road and Powerline Road. Disturbed by what he saw, Meloy put the dog in the truck and returned to work. Before Meloy got back to the asphalt company, a Broward Sheriff’s deputy who had been alerted to the incident from 911 calls, stopped him.

BSO Pompano Beach detectives were able to determine that one of Meloy’s co-workers tied the dog to the truck as a practical joke. Following the incident, Paul Goobie told another employee he was driving and found the dead dog in the street. Goobie said he took the dog back to work and decided to dispose of the animal by tying one end of a rope to the dog's neck and the other end to the bumper of Meloy’s pick up truck. Goobie said he got the idea from a scene in National Lampoon’s Summer Vacation. In the movie a scene depicts the Griswold’s family dog being dragged by the unsuspecting father, who is portrayed by actor Chevy Chase.

After conferring with the State Attorney’s Office, BSO detectives gave Goobie a notice to appear for the unlawful disposal of a dead animal, a second-degree misdemeanor. If convicted on the charge, Goobie would spend up to 60 days in jail and/or pay a fine up to $500.

INVESTIGATORS: Det. A. Avalos, Dist. 11
THIS REPORT BY: Veda Coleman-Wright/PIO

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