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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Contractor attacks dogs with pipe wrench

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An energy contractor in Kingwood, Texas was caught on camera attacking two dogs with a pipe wrench. Mike Wilcox says his family was home at the time of the visit but that the contractor never knocked on the door, he just walked right into the backyard. 

The contractor, whose name has not been released, was a worker with CenterPoint Energy, a utility company serving the region. He was entering the yard to disconnect service because of "non-payment."

Surveillance video shows the contractor in an orange vest, walking near the backyard pool when the family's two Weimaraner's start to come at the man. He immediately takes a pipe wrench and swings at one of the dogs, luckily missing, as the dog cowards away in fear. One of the dogs eventually takes a brutal blow to the side of his head, leaving him with a bloody cut under the left eye, a swollen and infected jaw, and a concussion. The second dog was hit in the body and suffered breathing problems.

Wilcox, the homeowner, said that by the time he looked out the window and realized what was happening, the pipe wrench was already raised and the contractor was swinging it wildly. When he went outside and told the man to stop swinging at his dogs, the man replied, "if they come at me, I can swing if I want."

Wilcox told KHOU that his dogs are friendly, have never bit anyone and he says the video makes it look like the man was "swinging to kill." He's now been left to pay a $2,000 vet bill . 

In an interview with Fox affiliate KRIV, Wilcox said, "Here’s our dogs in their own back yard where they’re supposed to be safe and sleep or whatever but to be woken up by a stranger five or six feet away from them … I mean, it’s pretty upsetting."

CenterPoint is investigating the incident and says they advise their employees not to enter backyards where dogs are present. but that the utility worker was employed by a subcontractor. 

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