VIDEO: Meter reader accused of hitting dogs with wrench

A Kingwood family says this man hit their two dogs with a pipe wrench. (Courtesy: Mike Wilcox)
A Kingwood family says this man hit their two dogs with a pipe wrench. (Courtesy: Mike Wilcox)

KINGWOOD, Texas (KXAN) — A Kingwood family says they still want answers to why a contractor for CenterPoint Energy used a wrench to hit their two dogs a few weeks ago.

On Sunday, Mike Wilcox, posted a video on Facebook showing a CenterPointEnergy worker entering his backyard on March 23. Wilcox tells KPRC the employee came in unannounced to read the meter but while doing so, caught the attention of his two Weimaraners, Flash and Shutter. When the dogs approached the contractor, the video shows him swinging at the dogs with a pipe wrench.

“Honestly, I’m really upset [at] the fact he stepped into our backyard like that and he was swinging to kill my family pets,” Willcox told KPRC. “It just made me wonder how many other times that guy’s done that.” Wilcox says their two dogs are “non-agressive” and have never bitten anyone.

The family says Flash suffered a concussion, a cut below the eye and a lost tooth. Shutter also suffered injuries that will need surgery, according to the family.

The family has filed a complaint with CenterPoint Energy. In a statement released on Sunday, the company said it 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.”

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