A CenterPoint Energy worker is now the subject of an internal investigation after entering a customer’s backyard unannounced and brutally attacking two dogs with a wrench.
The gas company employee showed up unexpectedly one morning last month to work on the family’s gas meter. Instead of knocking on the front door to let them know, he went straight into the fenced backyard where he was greeted by the family dogs, a pair of friendly but curious Weimaraners, Shutter and Flash.
The scene that unfolded was, thankfully, all caught on the Willcox’s home surveillance system.
In the video, the worker is seen swinging a heavy wrench, striking one dog on the face and the other in the side as she tried to run away. Later, the same worker can be seen swinging at the dogs again in another part of the yard.
One dog suffered a lost tooth, damage to her eye, and a concussion. Flash needed surgery to repair a damaged jaw. And, the family’s 4-year old son, who saw it all happen through a window, is now afraid to go outside for fear of being attacked by “monsters.”
CenterPoint sent ABC13 the following statement:
We have determined that a CenterPoint Energy contractor was at this address on this date. CenterPoint Energy does not condone or tolerate abuse of animals by our employees or our contractors. We have notified the contract company and they have assured us that they will conduct a full investigation into the incident.
It is unknown whether the Willcox family intend to pursue legal action. Their main objective in telling their story and sharing the video is to make CenterPoint reevaluate how they handle encounters with dogs and to warn other pet owners. Simply announcing their visit before entering the backyard would have prevented the ordeal.