A man who was charged with beating and throwing a goat into a car while fleeing from a police officer in Michigan is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.
According to court documents, William B. L. Smith Jr. was charged Thursday with felony cruelty to animals, and his arraignment is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. in Detroit.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred on April 15, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Detroit police responded to a call from a home in the 500 block of East Lake Road in the city’s Little Village neighborhood.
Police say Smith, 42, knocked on the front door and called police asking for a dog, and police said they responded to the home and found Smith and his dog fighting.
When police arrived at the home, officers said Smith told them that he was taking a goat from his truck and that he would be bringing it to his apartment.
When officers got there, Smith allegedly started kicking and punching the officers, who were attempting to arrest Smith for a broken window.
When police tried to intervene, he threw the goat into the air, hitting an officer in the face and knocking him to the ground.
Smith then fled the scene and was arrested by police about two hours later, the Free Press reported.
Police then tracked down Smith in Detroit, and after an arrest warrant was issued for him, he was booked into the Detroit City Jail on April 20.
The Free Press identified Smith as a former Detroit Lions player and a former NFL player, and said he had a history of animal abuse.