City Employee Fired after Weed-Whacking Dog

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A city employee has been fired for going after a three-year-old boxer with a weed-whacker at a dog park in Dallas, Texas.

The dog, named Ellie, sustained about a dozen thin lacerations to her chest when according to witnesses, the contractor lunged at the dog, who was not in any way provoking him. He also went after other dogs nearby, but Ellie was the only one he struck.

Ellie jumped back and yelped. I mean you could hear it hit,” said George Schneider, who was taking care of Ellie for her owners, Archie and Jennifer David. “To hit a defenseless animal, that gets to me.”

8.7.13 - Weed-Whacked Dog1The employee was not even supposed to be at the park that day, which is closed on Tuesdays specifically for maintenance.

Good Earth Landscaping, the company that had employed the man, is to be commended for their swift actions after the incident: they immediately fired the man, has offered to pay for Ellie’s medical treatment, gave a pet shop gift card to her owners, and has made a donation to an animal charity.

I have a dog too,” said Good Earth supervisor Emily Points.

I don’t think the company could have responded any better,” said Archie David.

It is unknown if the former employee received any kind of citation for his act of animal cruelty, but the Davids said police are pursuing the matter, and have asked for photos and veterinary records.

People need to be aware if they see animal cruelty, they do need to report it, because people do care,” said Jennifer David.


6 thoughts on “City Employee Fired after Weed-Whacking Dog”

  1. UNfrickin’ believable! Good thing it wasn’t me or my dog there, he would have more than lacerations on his body!

    Hope they charge this guy with everything they can, he is one sick MF.

  2. What happened….I thought everyone in TX carried guns…why didn’t anyone shoot him??? I would have!!!

  3. That maggot is soooooooo lucky it wasn’t my dog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kudos to the company for trying to make it right BUT the abuser needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extranet of the law!!!! Can you imagine how horrible he is to his family and heaven forbid… His own dog!!!!

  4. To bad the dogs at the park didn’t take him down. Take a nice hunk out of his ass, would serve him right. I hope this person doesn’t have kids or a wife. Idiot! The company is trying to make it right with the owners, or there might be a law suit.

  5. I am ellie’s mom. We and the police tried to take it to the da to get Gerardo de la Cruz on animal cruelty but the da said they would have to prove he came to the park with intent to harm a dog that day. All he got was a $200 ticket for criminal mischief vandalism our property . He was very lucky the police were there befire myself and my husband arrived. We got the call from our dog nanny Ellie was attacked by a weed eater we bith left our jobs imnediatly and drove to the park,as yes we have guns but we needed to take our baby to the vet. A few items left off the news a lady at the park tried to grab it from him after he hit Ellie so he could not hurt her again and he shoved her arm away and she grabbed it again and said go ahead try t again. When we got there. Gerardo was smiling and laughing the entire time a real piece of crap. Also the compay good earth is getting this great publicity when it was my demand to donate money to an organization I help with for abused animals and told them it wasn’t money coming out of the companies money because they could write it off their taxes and all the donated was $100 and it wasn’t their idea .it has been two weeks and Ellie still has all 15 scabs visible and I see it all the time and it makes me mad but I am grateful to all the websites that have picked up her story and if I can make someone else think twice before hurting an animal I was ellie’s voice. More people need to be animals voice so people like Gerardo don’t get slapped a ticket he probably will never pay for


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