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Accused dog skinner to enter plea

Charles Weissmiller Charles Weissmiller

NEILLSVILLE (WAOW) - A 65-year-old Clark County man who told investigators that he "tried to skin his dog alive" will enter a plea in court Thursday, according to online Clark County court records.

A judge previously ruled prosecutors presented enough evidence against Charles Weissmiller during a preliminary hearing to justify one felony count of mistreatment of animals, the 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, police have said.

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