A family is grieving over the shooting death of their one-and-a-half-year-old Great Dane dog in Manawa, Wisconsin. A neighbor was arrested on Friday and faces a charge of animal cruelty resulting in the death of the dog.
According to the Wausau Pilot and Review, Waupaca County Sheriff Timothy Wilz announced the arrest of neighbor, Jeffrey Buttles in the animal mistreatment case.
On Sunday morning, the owners of the Great Dane, Justin and Autumn Beese, let their two dogs out to run around in the rural Waupaca County property. The family became concerned when only their black Labrador retriever returned 15 minutes later – where was Gypsy they questioned? Justin went out on his property to search for her, but with no results. For days, the family searched for their dog, and when they came upon paw prints, a trail of blood and tire tracks from a four-wheeler, they knew there had been foul play.
The Beeses say the Sheriff’s Office for Waupaca County has stated Buttles admitted to killing their dog and then throwing her body in the Little Wolf River – 12 miles from the family’s home. In Wisconsin, the only time it is legal to kill a dog is if the dog trespasses on someone’s property and attacks a person or livestock.
The family stated they have never spoken to Buttles. No motive has been discussed.
Rest in peace Gypsy.
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