Update as of March 19, 2012 – The March 15th court date has been postponed to May.
Update as of Feb. 13, 2012 – The February court date has been pushed to March 15. The Williamson family is now facing threats and retaliation for their pursuit of justice for Enzo. Please sign the petition at the end of the article to show your support for this grief-stricken family.
Dunn, NC – New Year’s day represents new beginnings, hope and anticipation of good things. But January 1, 2012 was a tragic ending for one dog, whose new life was just beginning. This New Year’s day brought despair to the Williamson family when their loved dog, Enzo, was shot and killed only two houses down from their home. Enzo was brutally murdered by their neighbor for wandering onto his property.
Enzo came to live with Nicholas and Lindsay Williamson in September 2010 when he showed up at their door. He never left. He made his way into their hearts and home, and became their furry child. Enzo was full of joy, happy go lucky, got along with children and even befriended their cats. His new life tragically ended only 16 months later.
The day began normally, with Enzo inside. Nicholas Williamson was outside working on his car. Enzo wanted to be outside and jumped against the closed, glass storm door, popping it open. Out he went. Within moments, Enzo ventured into the neighbor’s yard. And gunshots echoed through the air.
Enzo was shot with a shotgun in the stomach and once in the head at close range. The neighbor was heard exclaiming “woohoo!”
As the Williamsons were panicking, looking for Enzo and calling the Sheriff’s department, Enzo lay dead. Officer Chase Allen Banker of the Harnett County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene. When he arrived, the neighbor was seen washing away the blood from his property and a woman was picking up the shotgun shells. The neighbor had dragged Enzo’s body to the nearby woods to dispose of the body.
The neighbor claimed Enzo had growled at his child. So he fired a warning shot and then one to the stomach. But when Enzo’s body was discovered, it was clear that Enzo had been shot 3 times, including once to the head.
As if this cruelty is not bad enough, the current laws side with the neighbor and Officer Banker could do nothing.
The Williamsons, however, are fighting for Enzo and have filed charges against their neighbor: one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty, the most the law will allow. The court date is set for February 2, 2012.
For fear of legal retaliation, the neighbor’s name is not being released. The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office could not be reached for comment.
Please sign the petition to get justice for Enzo’s death.
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