‘This was his family’: New details emerge in killing of dogs
(WBAY) -- A Green Bay man who admitted to killing eight Rottweilers and lighting his duplex on fire Sunday is being held in psychiatric care and expected to face a handful of charges.
Police say the man who was renting a duplex at 1015 Klaus Street on the east side of Green Bay is getting his mental health assessed. Green Bay Police say he was trying to kill himself.
“It’s the first time I’ve seen eight large dogs involved, all dead in a fire,” said Sharon Hensen, Sr. Humane Animal Control Officer at Green Bay Police Department. “They all basically died at the same time.”
Hensen was in the duplex after firefighters extinguished the flames Sunday morning, and said the dog’s bodies were located in various rooms of the small apartment.
Two bodies were sent to Madison for necropsies (animal autopsies) Monday to determine an official cause of death. Hensen says the dogs otherwise appeared like they were healthy—not neglected—and well-cared for. “This was his family,” she said. “Think about if a gentleman went off and he killed his wife and his children. That’s pretty much the same situation.”
Animal control had made stops at the house, mostly recently within the past two weeks. Green Bay City ordinance requires a special permit to own more than two dogs. He was reported as having more, but Hensen never suspected more than three dogs.
“Always maintained the fact that he had ‘two dogs, two dogs,’” she recalled. “The last time we had gone over there was this month, September, and I thought I heard a third bark but we were able to talk to him outside. He never really wanted us in the apartment.”
The Green Bay Police Department is doing a criminal investigation while the man undergoes a mental health assessment. Lieutenant Chad Ramos, Green Bay Police Department said they expect the District Attorney’s office to file a handful of criminal charges: “Mistreatment of animals, eight counts there. There’s also arson to building charge for the fire that he started there, so that’s another felony,” said Ramos.
The property belongs to Green Bay Alderman Guy Zima and was rented to the man, who has not yet been named. Zima said the house was in the process of being sold but he hadn’t visited it for about a year.