Updated: Apr 23
- Florida, USA -
UPDATE: April 23, 2021
Jacksonville.com reports that 38-year-old CAREY MARIE WILSON (pictured below), was sentenced to 15 days in jail for shooting a dog in the head with a crossbow.
On Tuesday, April 20, WILSON entered a no-contest plea on one count of animal cruelty.
This filthy female should have been sentenced to up to five years with a $10,000 fine but was gifted instead with 12 months of probation in addition to the 15 days behind bars.
Well done judge for sending a clear message that animal cruelty is tolerated in Nassau County, Florida!!!
According to Jacksonville.com, Doll Stanley, director for the group's “Justice for Animals” campaign said: “To say this outcome is disappointing would be a gross understatement. It’s extremely frustrating to see the court system hand out such a weak sentence for the deliberately cruel and violent treatment of an innocent animal. The only silver lining here is that Unicorn survived and is now getting the care he deserves.”
~ Original story:
On Saturday, May 16, a 4-year-old Labrador mix was found in Nassau County with an arrow spearing through his head.
Animal Services staff rushed the furbaby now named Unicorn, to BluePearl Pet Hospital’s emergency room on Southside Boulevard in Jacksonville.
Unicorn underwent surgery which removed the 16-inch-long arrow from his head.
Unicorn has also been treated for heartworms.
On Wednesday, May 27, following a tip, the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office went to the home of 37-year-old CAREY MARIE WILSON (pictured below), on Missouri Street in Hilliard.
WILSON admitted to shooting Unicorn with a crossbow and justified her action by saying that he was repeatedly in her fenced-in yard killing her chickens, even lunging toward her daughter who has mobility issues.
She said: “The dog doesn’t want to leave, 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.”
Reportedly, when Unicorn was shot, he was peeing on a car tire in her yard.
Nassau County Animal Control Director Tim Maguire said: “He’s doing great. He’s got some minor health issues like kennel cough and the wound is healing from where the arrow entered and exited but other than that he’s doing wonderful”.
He added: “I think the most important thing is talking to kids about animal cruelty starting when they’re young in school to make a difference so stuff like this that adults do doesn’t happen in the future”.
On Wednesday, WILSON was taken to Nassau County Jail.
She is facing felony animal cruelty charges.
The following morning the female was released on her own recognizance.
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