NEILLSVILLE (WAOW) - A 65-year-old Clark County man who told investigators that he "tried to skin his dog alive" because he didn't want her any more is free on a $3,000 signature bond, according to online court records..
A judge set the bond during Charles Weissmiller's first appearance in Clark County Circuit Court on Wednesday on one count of felony mistreatment of animals.
One of the conditions is that Weissmiller, who now lives in Stanley, not own or possess any animals and to surrender any existing pets to the local humane society, court records said.
The dog, named Sammy, was taken to a veterinary clinic in Owen on May 15 with some of her fur and flesh missing, the criminal complaint said.
Weissmiller told an investigator that he had "tried to skin his dog alive" after he had cut himself at his home in Withee 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.
The dog has undergone numerous surgeries and is recovering at a foster home, police said.
Weissmiller is to return to court July 24 for a preliminary hearing.