From Racine County Eye:
A Mount Pleasant man is accused of choking and swinging a dog by its leash. Now the man has been charged with a felony.
Richard Lann, 43, was charged
by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office Friday with mistreating
animals and disorderly conduct, domestic abuse assessments (repeater).
If convicted of both charges, Lann faces up to a year in prison and/or fines up to $11,000.
According to the criminal complaint, officers with the Mount Pleasant Police Department were called at 8:41 p.m. Thursday to a residence in the 3400 block of Sheridan Road for a report of an unwanted party.
A woman told police she wanted Lann removed from the home because he
was arguing with her and was drunk. She then told dispatch that he
choked her dog and swung it around on a leash. The woman told police
that she and Lann had been arguing for more than three hours and had
threatened to kill her.
During the argument, Lann picked up her 14-year-old Bichon Poodle by
the leash and “choked it for approximately 30 seconds,” according to the
He then swung the dog and hit it against the door twice. The woman
told police the dog was shaking after this. The officer noted in the
report that “the dog appeared to be nervous.”
Fearing for her safety, the woman said Lann had threatened to kill
the dog almost daily, and has hit and punched the dog prior to this
When the officers spoke to Lann, he sat on the couch and refused to
speak to them. Lann was arrested and taken to the Racine County Jail. He
had a .24 blood-alcohol level.
Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch set the cash bond for $500 and a preliminary hearing for 3 p.m. Feb. 15.
I hate animal abusers.