Crime & Courts

Wisconsin man shot dog, threw remains in garbage outside Fox Lake home, police say

Wesley Anderson, 38, of Genoa City, Wisconsin.
Wesley Anderson, 38, of Genoa City, Wisconsin.

A Wisconsin man accused of shooting a dog in the head, wrapping it in plastic and a blanket, and placing it in a roadside trash bin is due in court Monday.

Fox Lake police officers arrested 38-year-old Wesley Anderson on Friday, after finding the dog’s remains in a trash bin outside a Fox lake home, Police Chief Jimmy Lee said.

Anderson had been staying with a resident at the home Feb. 14, when he shot the Doberman Pinscher, wrapped covered its body, and disposed of it outside, Lee said.

“We received information that he’d shot the dog and threw it in the trash in the street,” Lee said.

A person whose identity police did not disclose, reported the situation “some time later,” he said.

“Once we got the report, we checked the trash and we found the dog,” Lee said.

It wasn’t the first time police had been called to the home. Officers previously issued citations at the address for reports of a dog that was running loose and had been left outside, Lee said.

The dog’s remains were turned over to a local veterinarian, who confirmed the animal had been shot in the head, police said.

On Feb. 22, officers used a warrant to search the Fox Lake home, where they found firearms, blood and spent cartridges, Lee said. Anderson subsequently was arrested and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and reckless discharge of a firearm.

Reached by phone on Friday, the his attorney, Steven Brody, called the charges “excessive” and said the dog had bitten three people that day.

“There are numerous facts that have not yet been disclosed and, that once these become available, the case will be seen in an entirely different light,” Brody said, declining to elaborate.

Anderson has been free on bond since posting $5,000 bail on Wednesday.

He is barred from possessing weapons, consuming drugs and alcohol, and owning any animals, Lee said.

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