"I was shocked that somebody would do this to a dog," Timothy Poorman of Fulton County Animal Services, told CBS46. "It's pretty disturbing. I've seen a lot of cruel things happen to animals on this job, and this is one of the most deliberate things I've seen in a long time."
For his part, Scaffidi denies scaring the dog, whose name is Betty Boop, on purpose.
"The thing is, is that it wasn't even a prank," he told WSB-TV. "It wasn't a prank. A lot of people say you put the plants there to trap the dog. That's ridiculous. I didn't even know the dog was there."