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Police: Kinston woman dragged dog behind SUV

Posted July 8, 2013

— A Kinston woman was arrested Saturday after police found a bloodied dog tied to the bumper of her SUV.

Jennifer Marie Wilson, 26, of 305 McDaniels St., was charged with felony cruelty to animals. Her bond was set at $15,000.

Police were investigating a traffic collision at about 1 a.m. Saturday when they noticed blood in the parking lot of the Lunch Box Convenience Store, at 523 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Witnesses told officers that they saw a small dog being dragged behind an SUV that had pulled into the lot.

The dog was turned over to the Lenoir County SPCA, which treated its injuries.

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  • tagyoureit Jul 9, 3:33 p.m.

    Doesn't sound like this was her first brush with the law.

    "Wilson’s first appearance in Lenoir County District Court on animal cruelty charges is today, and she’s scheduled to be in court for the DWI charge and unsafe movement citation on Sept. 10. She was already scheduled to be in court for simple assault and communicating threats charges on July 18.

    Wilson was sentenced to probation for assault or threat against a government employee on Oct. 3, 2011 and before that, probation on Oct. 19, 2009 for assault on a policeman and resisting an officer. She served time in prison from Jan. 16, 2008 to Feb. 17, 2008 for a probation violation relating to sentencing on the consolidated convictions in 2005 of simple assault, communicating threats and resisting an officer."

  • Kelondris Jul 9, 9:54 a.m.

    Why would anyone tie a dog to a car bumper? I'm sure there were much better things to tie the dog to. But whatever the case at least she did get charged.

    IMO I think if a person cannot take care of an animal/pet then they should not be allowed to have children. If you cannot take care of a pet, which is a lot easier than a child then how are you able to take care of a child? I know not allowing someone to have a child is unconstitutional, but it would probably stop many children from every being born into an abusive (verbal &/or physical)home.

  • blastamasta Jul 9, 9:39 a.m.

    No more pets for her!!! She doesn't even look sad...just upset she got arrested.

  • bdu4dals2 Jul 9, 9:12 a.m.

    Just another career criminal who has stooped to a new low. Be happy in knowing that your actions bring such feelings towards you and yours. Yes, you hae family and friends hat know what you are and do nothing to alter your path.....birds of a feather.

  • bombayrunner Jul 8, 6:53 p.m.

    poor doggie.

  • cocker_mom Jul 8, 3:55 p.m.

    IMO - the fact that she was charged with felony animal cruelty means that the police have reason to believe / evidence that this charge will stick.

    A horrible accident would likely not have garnered a felony charge. A sad, contrite, crying / hysterical remorseful person wouldn't have gotten felony cruelty.

    It takes something pretty ugly to get that charge.

  • Scubagirl Jul 8, 3:54 p.m.

    "It's not OK to drag a dog, but it's perfectly legal to kill and eat him."

    not sure where you get your information but you are WRONG in this one! IT IS NOT LEGAL TO EAT DOG OR CAT IN NC.

  • Strawberry Letter 23 Beth Wilson Jul 8, 3:51 p.m.

    Well then, there ya have it: The facts are in. May she be punished appropriately.

  • tarheelfan41 Jul 8, 3:37 p.m.

    Lovely lady, just misunderstood, I'm sure.

    'The officer arrested Wilson and charged her with felony cruelty to animals, driving while intoxicated and cited her for unsafe movement. She was booked into the Lenoir County Detention Center under a $15,000 bondThe officer arrested Wilson and charged her with felony cruelty to animals, driving while intoxicated and cited her for unsafe movement. She was booked into the Lenoir County Detention Center under a $15,000 bond

    She was already scheduled to be in court for simple assault and communicating threats charges on July 18.

    She was already scheduled to be in court for simple assault and communicating threats charges on July 18."

  • anderson Jul 8, 3:37 p.m.

    People, let's wait until all the facts are in, before we start falsely accusing this woman of something she may have had nothing to do with! What is wrong with ya'll?

    We don't know the entire story. Sure, a dog was dragged. Hurt. But until we hear from the woman, about what happened and/or how it happened, let's not jump the gun!

    NOW, with that being said, IF she KNEW the dog was tied to the back and drove off, then obviously, she should be charged. Maybe the dog (for whatever reason - which I would never do) was tied to the back bumper. Maybe, just maybe, she forgot that.

    It's terrible, what happened, and I am hoping it was a horrible, horrible mistake on her part

    If you look at other newssites you'll see she was drunk too.

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