- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 19, 2016

A viral video of an Alabama pastor giving a Bible lesson to his dog triggered an animal-abuse investigation that ended with authorities ultimately determining the pet to be in perfect health, police said.

In the video, Rev. David Perry of New Selmont Baptist Church in Selma can be seen kneeling beside his pet pit bull, Cowboy, and a heaping bowl of dog food.

“I believe that after you spend some time walking in dominion, everything around you should obey you. Now I know, Cowboy, I ain’t fed him in about two days just for this video,” Mr. Perry said in the video clip he recorded on his cellphone last month and later uploaded to Facebook.

As the pit bull anxiously awaited a bite, the pastor pressed on with his Bible lesson on dominion.

“I know that he going to obey when I say, and not eat this food when I tell him,” Mr. Perry said in the clip.

The pastor said he didn’t expect more than a few of his Facebook friends to view the video, but it quickly went viral and prompted a police investigation.

A Texas man who viewed the video emailed Selma Mayor George Evans, threatening to launch an online petition unless authorities agreed to investigate the pastor, the Times Journal reported.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department Animal Control unit and the Selma Police Department both visited the pastor’s residence Friday, but determined the dog was fine after taking Cowboy on a trip to the vet, the Selma Times Journal reported.

“All it was is the video got out of hand,” Animal Control officer Ila Draine told the newspaper. “The dog is in perfect health.”

Mr. Perry told the Times Journal that he regularly feeds Cowboy two cups of chow every day, but admitted he held back for two days after the dog ate nearly an entire bag of food.

“He’s always a health dog, a happy dog,” he told the newspaper.

Mr. Perry said he’s received “mostly good feedback” from the clip.

“A lot of people were trying to think the dog was neglected, but he wasn’t,” he said.

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