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A three-year old Boxer is recovering from her injuries after a Dallas city-contracted maintenance worker intentionally weed-whacked the dog while cutting grass at the local dog park.
Ellie the Boxer received about a dozen deep cuts to her chest and neck at Dallas’ North Bark Dog Park last Wednesday. Witnesses told police and NBC News Channel 5 that the attack was entirely unprovoked. While Ellie was the only dog to sustain injuries, witnesses say the worker lunged his gas-powered weed whacker at several dogs that got close to him.
“Ellie jumped back and yelped. I mean you could hear it hit,” said George Schneider, who was dogsitting Ellie for her owners, Archie and Jennifer David.
In fact, the worker wasn’t even supposed to be in the park that day, as the park closes on Tuesdays for lawn maintenance. The contracted lawn service provider, Good Earth Landscaping, was horrified to hear of the attack and have made efforts to right their employee’s wrongdoing.
In addition to paying Ellie’s veterinary bills, Good Earth immediately fired the employee, gave Ellie’s parents a gift card to a local pet supply store, and made a donation to an animal charity.
“I don’t think the company could have responded any better,” said Ellie’s owner, Archie David.
While no charges have been filed against the employee as of yet, police and animal control are currently investigating the allegations of animal cruelty.
Meanwhile, Jennifer David urges anyone that witnesses animal abuse of any kind to step forward and speak up. “People do care,” she said.