Two Wisconsin residents are facing multiple charges after dogs were discovered chained to plastic barrels outside of their Marathon County home in February. As reported by the Wausau Daily News, six dogs were left in the bitter cold when the temperature registered just six-degrees, and 30-below zero with the windchill.
The people accused of leaving the dogs outside in the frigid conditions are identified as Catherine E. Severin, 66, and William R. Hannahs, 54. The heartbreaking situation was brought to the attention of the local authorities after someone observed the dogs suffering outside in the cold on February 14.
Responding officers found one chained dog with no shelter at all, one deceased dog inside of a plastic barrel, and others who were underweight and freezing. The surviving dogs were transported to the local humane society for care.
Hannas and Severin are facing multiple charges, including: being a party to the crimes of mistreating an animal resulting in death, failing to provide food for an animal and failing to provide proper shelter for an animal.
They could face up to five years in prison if they are convicted of the crimes; they are due in court on April 28.
(Screenshot of the accused via Wausau Daily News)
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