COLUMBIA COUNTY (WKOW) — A rural Portage man accused of killing a dog with a roofing axe after he became upset with it for urinating in the house was charged Monday in Columbia County Court with one felony and two misdemeanors.
A judge also ordered a $2,000 cash bond for Brandon Shearer, 31, who was arrested March 16, according to online court records.
Shearer is charged with one felony count of mistreatment of animals causing death and misdemeanors of disorderly conduct and theft of property under $2,500.
The felony carries a maximum fine of $10,000 and three years, six months in jail.
According to a criminal complaint, deputies received a call on Saturday, March 16 from a woman at the Oakwood Estates trailer park in the Township of Lewiston for a disorderly conduct complaint.
The caller told authorities that Shearer was at her house and upset. She said that he had killed her dog by hitting it in the head with a hammer.
When deputies spoke with Shearer, he told them that he was upset with the dog for urinating and defecating in the house so he took the dog outside to put it down, according to the complaint.
Shearer reported that it actually was a roofing axe that he used to he hit the dog. He then took deputies to the location of the deceased dog, according to the criminal complaint.
Shearer is expected to return to court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.