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Florida Woman Arrested After Shooting Dog In Head With Crossbow

Florida Woman Arrested After Shooting Dog In Head With Crossbow

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A 37-year-old woman from Florida has been arrested after she allegedly shot a Labrador - later named Unicorn by animal control officers - in the head with a crossbow.

Carey Wilson shot the dog in the head in what she says was an attempt to 'scare it off', but the arrow luckily ricocheted off Unicorn's skull after piercing his skin. Wilson is now being investigated for animal cruelty.

The incident occurred on 16 May, after Unicorn apparently urinated on her car tire, according to a police report. The report also states that Unicorn wasn't acting aggressively.

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Credit: Facebook/Nassau County Animal Services
Credit: Facebook/Nassau County Animal Services

Speaking to Action News Jax about the incident, Wilson said that she didn't mean to harm the dog, but was just 'trying to get a message across'.

Wilson claims the dog had repeatedly appeared in her fenced-in yard killing animals, and on one occasion even lunged towards her daughter, who suffers from 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'. My goal was not to hit the dog directly. I was trying to scare it off."

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However, animal control said it received no calls about a dog from Wilson or anybody else at that address.

Credit: Facebook/Nassau County Animal Services
Credit: Facebook/Nassau County Animal Services
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Credit: Facebook/Nassau County Animal Services

Action News Jax tracked down Unicorn's former owner Nick Sweat, who had to surrender the dog after the incident because he couldn't afford the medical bills.

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He said: "It's rough. We enjoyed the dog. He's a good dog, he's a family dog, wouldn't hurt anybody."

Wilson herself admitted to Action News Jax that she had taken things too far.

She said: "It was extreme. I wish there was a different outcome."

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Nassau County Animal Services

Topics: US News, Animals

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