Outrageous Sentencing for Woman Who Shot Dog With Crossbow

Outrageous Sentencing for Woman Who Shot Dog With Crossbow

Last year we told you about Unicorn, a dog who had been intentionally shot in the head with a crossbow in Florida. Thousands of In Defense of Animals supporters signed our alert calling for justice on his behalf. While he miraculously survived and is now living his best life, his abuser got away with what amounts to a slap on the wrist.

Last May, Carey Marie Wilson shot Unicorn in the head with a 16” crossbow on her property. An anonymous tip led deputies from the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office to the Wilson’s home, where she finally confessed after lying, and was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty.  

The arrow used to shoot Unicorn with was protruding out of the front and back of his head, yet failed to deliver the lethal blow — as if by magic — earning him his new name. He was located and taken for emergency veterinary treatment. 

He was later surrendered to Nassau County Animal Services because his guardian couldn’t afford the resulting medical bills and has since been placed in a loving forever home.

Nearly 15,000 In Defense of Animals supporters wrote to Florida State Attorney Melissa W. Nelson urging her to prosecute Wilson to the fullest extent of the law for her unbelievably cruel act.

Wilson appeared in front of the state’s Fourth Judicial Circuit Court on November 19, where she was charged with animal cruelty, and faced a maximum fine of up to $10,000 and/or up to five years in jail.

However, she will now serve just 15 days in jail and will be on probation for 12 months!

While we’re glad that Unicorn is now getting all the love he deserves, we’re extremely disappointed in the outcome of this case and will continue to advocate for animal cruelty to be taken seriously by the courts. 

Find out more about how we’re working to get justice for all animal victims of cruelty and neglect and how you can help by visiting our Justice for Animals Campaign page.