A North Carolina man fatally stabbed his aunt’s dog and used a chainsaw to cut the dead animal in half, sheriff officials said.

Jonathan Maxey Bulluck Jr., of Rocky Mount, is facing charges of felony animal cruelty and felony larceny of a dog in the Jan. 24 death of a brown bullmastiff named Tigger.

“This is the worst, isolated case of animal cruelty I can recall,” Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodard said in a statement. “The suffering that the dog endured … it was something out of a horror movie.”

Bulluck’s aunt told deputies that her 23-year-old nephew — who was spending the night at her home on Friday — told her that Tigger had jumped on a 2-year-old child who was also at the residence. But she found no apparent injuries to the youngster, according to sheriff officials.

The woman woke up the following morning to find that Tigger was no longer on its leash, prompting her to call her nephew after she remembered him saying earlier that he “would’ve killed the dog,” according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

Bulluck’s aunt then called cops after being unable to reach her nephew. The dog’s body ultimately was discovered nearby in a shallow grave.

Investigators determined that Bulluck stole Tigger late Friday before beating the dog unconscious and later sawing the animal’s body in half so it would fit in the shallow grave.

Deputies have only recovered one half of the dog’s body.

“This pet had the right to be home, not stolen, suffering and killed,” Woodard’s statement continued. “The offender showed total disregard to his family and their love for ‘Tigger.’ I hope that peace and comfort will one day be obtained by the family who had to endure this tragic loss.”

Neighbors of Bulluck’s aunt, meanwhile, said they were shocked by the gruesome allegations.

“They need to do something about him because he ain’t right in the head,” one unidentified Rocky Mount resident told WNCN. “He [did] that to a dog, what’s he gonna do to me?”

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