A woman arrested after she shot a stray dog in the head with a crossbow says she was just trying to scare it.
Carey Wilson, from Nassau County in Florida, told police “My goal was not to hit the dog directly, I was trying to scare it off.”
Wilson, 37, claimed that the dog kept getting into her yard and killing animals. She added that yellow labrador had even tried to bite her disabled daughter.
“The dog doesn’t want to leave,” she said” so I grabbed a crossbow.
My intentions were not to kill the dog, but to try to get the message across, ‘Get out the yard’.”
However Wilson’s story has been challenged by Animal Control officers, who point out that she had never called them about the dog.
A police report states that the dog was “in the yard peeing on her car tire,” and wasn’t acting aggressively. Wilson was charged with felony animal cruelty.
When challenged by officers, Wilson admitted to shooting the dog with the crossbow, and said she had brought it from Jacksonville – some 25 miles away.
That fact, say animal control officers, suggests that Wilson might have planned the shooting.
Russell Colburn, a reporter with local station Action News Jax, asked Wilson: “The police report calls you a liar, why should people believe you?”
She replied: “My close people know who I am, they know the truth.”
Wilson accepted that she had over-reacted, telling reporters: “It was extreme, I wish there was a different outcome.”
Luckily the dog, christened Unicorn by the animal control officers who are now caring for him, survived the incident. The crossbow bolt bounced off his skull and just penetrated his skin.
The station also tracked down Unicorn’s former owner, Nick Sweat, who said he had given up ownership because he couldn’t afford the vets bills.
“It’s rough,” he said. “We enjoyed the dog. He’s a good dog, he’s a family dog, wouldn’t hurt anybody.”