Landscaper accused of weed-whacker attack on dogs

Landscaper accused of attacking dog with weed whacker

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A landscaper in Fort Worth, Texas, is facing a charge of animal cruelty for allegedly attacking and injuring a woman’s dog with a weed-whacker. According to Friday’s publication of the Star-Telegram, 31-year-old William “Michael” DeWitt, of DeWitt Lawn Care, injured a Labrador retriever mix named “Moxie,” with the gardening device.

Moxie’s owner,  Dawn Painter, alleges that she told DeWitt not to enter her backyard if nobody was present to supervise – she claims that she warned the man that Moxie in particular is “wary” of strangers. She told the Star-Telegram, “I made it very clear.”

Despite the alleged warnings, DeWitt was observed “scaling a fence” to enter Painter’s yard. It is surmised that the man entered the yard, without anyone present, in order to get an “early start” on the yard project. In an affidavit, Detective R. Molina described the dog’s injuries after the alleged weed-whacker attack:

“DeWitt used the weed eater on Moxie causing deep lacerations across Moxie’s entire chest, belly and slightly underneath her muzzle.”

A roommate who was home at the time told the authorities that she could hear the weed-whacker and the sound of dogs crying. The roommate confronted the landscaper about the situation and claims that after varying recounts of what took place, the man admitted to hitting the two dogs who were in the yard with the weed-whacker.

Moxie suffered the most serious wounds in the incident and a veterinarian who examined her confirmed that she would have been “in pain” from the wounds. The evidence proved to be enough for DeWitt to be arrested on October 31 and charged with animal cruelty. If convicted, he could face stiff fines and up to two years in jail.

6 replies
  1. Audra m. Lacey-ehrlich says:

    I’m glad he’s not in my town I’d weed whacker him till he was dead no if nuts about it ,you deserve jail time no different than if you did it to a human .brain hearts,soul yep feels pain . Same thing

  2. Roselyne CORNETTE says:

    Toute cette barbarie, confirme que l’humain n’a pas sa place sur cette terre. Ces sous merde devraient être condamnés à mort.

  3. Ralph Meredith says:

    Pit bulls should be extinct breed, when you had to protect you self against a dog it’s time to put that beast down! What if that had been a small child,yes you would not be angry now! Killer dog in the house……dead Dog! Just sayin.

  4. Stephen says:

    After seeing the pictures those are teeth marks on the dog so looks like the pit most likely attacked the lab. If a weed eater would have hit the dog it would have long lacerations, not puncture wounds most likely cause by teeth of another dog.


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