Worst Neighbor Nomination: How about the one who shoots, kills your family dog?

guest blog by Deborah Goonan

On New Year’s Eve in Wedgefield, a deed-restricted, golf and equestrian community in Central Florida, someone shot and killed the Evans family’s yellow lab.

The family’s beloved pet escaped from its yard, as pets sometimes do, and apparently wandered onto a neighbor’s property. The neighbor allegedly confronted the owner of the dog, Brock Evans, and threatened to shoot his pet. When Evans quickly went to retrieve his dog, and talked to his neighbor for about ten minutes, he heard several gunshots. Shortly thereafter his dog was found with gunshot wounds, and later died as a result of those injuries. The neighbor denies shooting the dog, but does not deny that his son might have pulled the trigger. Orange County is investigating the matter as a case of cruelty to animals.

Under Florida Statute, the perpetrator, if properly identified and if guilt can be proven, may be charged with a misdemeanor or fined up to $5000 or both. However, if your dog is deemed as “dangerous” or if your neighbor claims that your dog attacked a person, pet or livestock on his property, this often suffices as a defense for shooting your dog.

Before the unfortunate incident, Evans had never spoken to his neighbor, who lives just two doors down the road. Wedgefield is a deed-restricted community with voluntary HOA membership.

Orlando Sentinel link to story of family pet shot by neighbor


Opposing Views report on Orange County neighbor dispute over shooting of pet dog


Wedgefield HOA


Legal references:

FL Statute 828.12


FL Statute 775.082


FL Statute 767


When Killing a Dog is Legally Justified


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Ward Lucas is a longtime investigative journalist and television news anchor. He has won more than 70 national and regional awards for Excellence in Journalism, Creative Writing and community involvement. His new book, "Neighbors At War: the Creepy Case Against Your Homeowners Association," is now available for purchase. In it, he discusses the American homeowners association movement, from its racist origins, to its transformation into a lucrative money machine for the nation's legal industry. From scams to outright violence to foreclosures and neighborhood collapses across the country, the reader will find this book enormously compelling and a necessary read for every homeowner. Knowledge is self-defense. No homeowner contemplating life in an HOA should neglect reading this book. No HOA board officer should overlook this examination of the pitfalls in HOA management. And no lawyer representing either side in an HOA dispute should gloss over what homeowners are saying or believing about the lawsuit industry.

1 thought on “Worst Neighbor Nomination: How about the one who shoots, kills your family dog?

  1. Cynthia

    I believe every word of this because the same, or similar has been reported by some HOA homeowners in other HOAs, in other states, for years. From an HOA board member allegedly shooting cats and another long time HOA homeowner advocate from NC is sure someone associated with his board, or their ongoing issues, killed their dog. This HOA homeowner and his family were the boards victims too! Great people! I believe these HOA boards, other HOA homeowners (neighbors) and their accomplices are capable of anything, any criminality. If they will kill animals, what are they capable of and what will they do to people?


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