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It's been just more than a month since Sammy the dog was found in Withee with a large laceration to the right side of her lower jaw.
Investigators believed the dog may have been hit by a car and was taken to an Owen Veterinary clinic for medical treatment.
Investigator later learned that dog's owner, Charles Weissmiller, 65, had intended to kill the dog by skinning it alive.
Chief Andrew Schade said neighbors in the small community are shocked, calling the situation, “sad”.
The chief, a dog lover himself, said he's paid $1,000 of his own money to make sure Sammy got proper medical care. He says Sammy underwent extensive surgery at a clinic in Appleton. Along with additional care at vet clinic in Owen.
Officers located two knives in Weissmiller's living room. One appeared to have blood and small hairs on it. Police say inside a garbage, they found multiple pieces of black fur with flesh attached.
According to the criminal complaint, Weissmiller said he no longer wanted the dog citing a motive for the alleged mutilation.
Chief Schade said Sammy is recovering and is with a foster family. She could be up for adoption in the next two to three months.
"Considering what she went through, most people would think that she'd be weary of people, but her, no. She, she'll just go up to anybody asking for love and attention she's so sweet,” explained Samantha Rizzo, Sammy's 'foster' mom.
The good news is Sammy's wound is expected to fully heal.
Weissmiller is charged with felony mistreating an animal. He's free on a $3,000 cash bond and will return to court on July 24 to learn if the case will head to trial.
If you like to help with Sammy's medical bills, a fund has been set up at Time Federal Savings Bank.
“Sammy Care Fund”
326 N. Central Avenue
P.O. Box K
Owen, WI 54460 715-229-2134
If you plan on going to another Time Federal Savings bank branch it will need to be addressed as “Andrew Schade Sammy Care Fund” when you go to deposit money into that account.
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