UPDATE: Sentencing Delayed for Man Charged with Duct Taping Dog

By: WSAW Staff Email
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A 46-year-old Stratford man accused of duct taping his dog and then saying someone else had done it, has entered into a deferred judgment agreement.

Monday in Marathon County Circuit Court, David Bulter pleaded guilty to mistreating an animal, as result a charge of obstructing an officer was dismissed.

In July, a photo surfaced on Facebook of the dog, "Paco" lying outside covered in blue duct tape. The owner did not initially report the incident, reportedly telling police he was too shook up, but instead told friends he let Paco out the previous night and found the dog in yard the next morning. The photo of Paco had thousands of shares of Facebook from people demanding answers.

A reviewing hearing is expected to be scheduled in one year. During that time is Butler is to maintain absolute sobriety and must complete community service and necessary counseling.

If Butler complies with the terms of the deferred judgment sentence the charge could be amended to disorderly conduct.

Monday in court, Judge Greg Huber asked Butler why he had done it, to which he replied, “I don't know.”

The incident happened July 30. Butler’s attorney brought up that fact his client suffered a stroke in February possibly hindering his judgment.

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UPDATE: Tues 2:36 PM, Oct. 1, 2013

A 46-year-old Stratford man accused of covering his dog in duct tape and telling officers that someone else had done it, is expected to reach a plea deal with prosecutors.

David Butler is charge with intentionally mistreating an animal and obstructing an officer.

In July, a photo surfaced on Facebook of the dog, "Paco" lying outside covered in blue duct tape. The owner did not initially report the incident, reportedly telling police he was too shook up, but instead told friends he let Paco out the previous night and found the dog in yard the next morning. The photo of Paco had thousands of shares of Facebook from people demanding answers.

The dog, Paco, was given to a family friend.

If convicted on both counts, Butler faces a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison.

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UPDATE: Thurs 2:19 PM, Sept. 5, 2013

A 46-year-old Stratford man accused of covering his dog in duct tape and telling officers that someone else had done it, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Marathon County Court.

In July, a photo surfaced on Facebook of the dog, "Paco" lying outside covered in blue duct tape. The owner did not initially report the incident, reportedly telling police he was too shook up, but instead told friends he let Paco out the previous night and found the dog in yard the next morning. The photo of Paco had thousands of shares of Facebook from people demanding answers.

Paco's former owner, David Butler is charged with intentionally mistreating an animal and obstructing an officer.

Both charges are misdemeanors.

The dog, Paco, was given to a family friend.

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UPDATE: Tue 4:28 PM, Aug 13, 2013

A bizarre animal cruelty case from Marathon County has taken an even stranger turn after the dog's owner admitted to duct-taping his dog.

Late last month a disturbing photo surfaced on Facebook of a dog covered in blue duct tape.

The owner initially said he did not contact police because he was “too shook up”.

However, investigators continued to believe something didn't seem quite right.

Stratford Police Officer Eric Colby said during an interview with the dog's owner on Friday, the man admitted he was the one that taped the dog.

The owner reportedly cited personal issues as the reason he taped the animal.

The animal will placed in a new home, Officer Colby said he believe a family friend would be taking the dog.

Police are recommending the man be charged with obstructing an officer and animal cruelty.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Thurs 8:56 PM, July 30, 2013

Stratford police are investigating a disturbing case of animal cruelty.

Police tell us a chihuahua named "Paco" was left out by it's owner between 9 and 10 Saturday night.

The dog disappeared, but was found back in the yard Sunday morning around 7, taped from head to tail.

Paco's owners were able to get the tape off of him and the dog is ok.

Police say they've gotten some information they're following up on as they investigate the case.

If you know anything about the incident, please call the Stratford police department at (715) 687-3131.


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