Man Accused of Attempting to Skin Dog Pleads Not Guilty by Mental Disease

By: WSAW Staff Email
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A Clark County man accused of attempting to kill his dog by skinning it alive has pleaded not guilty by mental disease or defect.

Owen Police said on May 15 they found a dog 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 were 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.

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. A future court date has not yet been set.

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