The Webster County Attorney’s Office says 52-year-old Gary Wilson threw hot grease on his black lab, 11-year-old Bob. The grease gave Bob third-degree burns on his skull, nose and around his eyes.
The alleged crime went untreated for three days until the dog’s co-owner came to pick him up.
“He said, ‘I poured hot grease on him.’ Matter of factly … just like that,” said Chastity Wilson.
After filing an arrest warrant early Tuesday, the Webster County Sheriff's Office arrested Gary Wilson later that evening and charged him with animal torture, an aggravated misdemeanor offense.
“Under Iowa law, the only way to have a more serious offense is if you have a repeat offender,” said Ryan Baldridge, first assistant county attorney. “That’s not the case in this instance.”
Chastity Wilson said she and Gary Wilson are going through a divorce and have been separated for over a year. She said it’s not his first violent act, but it is the first time he’s been violent toward an animal.
“We are going to get justice for this. I don't intend to stop,” Chastity Wilson said.
The road to recovery will be long for Bob.
“He gets a little better every day. But his spirits are still a little down,” Chastity Wilson said.
Gary and Chastity Wilson's daughter Devynn is doing her part to help Bob get better. She wrote a letter to Santa and read it to Channel 13's Justin Surrency.
“Dear Santa, I want you to help poor Bobby because he's in so much pain because my dad poured hot grease on him and he has third-degree burns. So can you please help him so he does not suffer anymore? From Devynn, to Santa.”
Devynn said the thing she loves most about Bob is that he loves her.
The Webster County Sheriff's Office said Gary Wilson has posted bail and is free at this time. If convicted, he could face up to two years in jail and a fine up to $6,000.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with Bob’s medicine and follow up vet appointments: www.gofundme.com/k2d8w4nk