28-year-old Sergio Palomares-Guzman from Atlanta was arrested on Thursday after footage emerged of him forcing a goat to ingest cocaine and whiskey. The professional horse trainer was reported by an anonymous tipster who passed the footage onto the police after seeing it online. The incident took place at a ranch on New Hope Road where the man involved lived and worked.
In the shocking footage one man can be seen holding the goat’s horns up while Sergio forces cocaine into the animal’s nostrils. Afterwards they then force the animal to open its mouth so they can pour alcohol down its throat. Police have not revealed who the second man involved was although they have stated that a third man is visible in the video but they are not pursuing charges since he appears to have nothing to do with the animal abuse.
Despite some seriously bizarre Google searches on our behalf we could not find any evidence on what impact cocaine will have on a goat, nor have the police confirmed if the animal has been rehoused, or is even alive and well after the experience. Police have revealed, however, that Sergio has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and is currently being held without bond.
The owner of the ranch expressed surprise at the incident when police arrived at his property with a warrant for Sergio’s arrest, and has insisted he knew nothing of the abuse at hand.
Meanwhile, we really have to question the intelligence of a man like Sergio, who commits a crime like this and then shares it on social media for everyone to see. Nor is it the first time animal abusers have been caught out by their own bizarre willingness to share their behaviour through online platforms. In the UK one man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after he participated in an online dare where he ate a live goldfish. In Vancouver another man was arrested after he snapchatted himself abducting, shaving and drugging a with ecstasy cat. It did not take long for police to have the video pointed out to them, and he was promptly arrested soon after.
So we suppose the lesson here is that a surprisingly large number of animal abusers are really really dumb. So dumb, in fact, they will practically do the police’s job for them by recording themselves committing a crime and then uploading it to a digital platform where it is distributed to friends, family, and people in the general are.