NEILLSVILLE (WAOW) – A 65-year-old Withee man told investigators that he “tried to skin his dog alive” because the didn't want her any more, according to a criminal complaint.
Charles Weissmiller was charged with one count of felony mistreatment of animals last week in Clark County Circuit Court.
He had not made his initial court appearance as of Tuesday, according to online court records.
The dog, named Sammy, was taken to a veterinary clinic in Owen on May 15 with some of her fur and flesh missing, the complaint said.
Two days later, the dog, which had undergone surgery, remained under the clinic's care, the complaint said. The dog was eventually turned over to the police, the clinic said Tuesday. A telephone message left at the police department was not immediately returned.
According to the complaint, Weissmiller was interviewed at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield where he had been taken May 15 because he had cut off a part of his body.
Weissmiller told an investigator that he had “tried to skin his dog alive” after he had cut himself because he no longer wanted the dog, believed to be a German Shepherd/Labrador mix, the complaint said.
“His plan was to kill her by cutting her fur off,” the complaint said.
The dog had gotten away and was taken to the vet by Withee police who believed she was injured in a vehicle accident, the complaint said.
Police had been called to Weissmiller's home on May 15 after a former caregiver reported he had intentionally cut himself and there was “blood in multiple areas of the kitchen and living room,” the complaint said.
Multiple pieces of black fur with possible flesh were found in a garbage container, the complaint said.
The maximum punishment for felony mistreatment of a dog is 3.5 years in prison.