A 27-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man faces a felony charge after
authorities say he intentionally shot a dog during deer hunting
According to the criminal complaint, at about 10
a.m. Nov. 25, a Seneca man left his two dogs outside, but only one
returned. The man searched his property and found the missing dog,
Gunner, at the end of his driveway. The dog's left front leg was
dangling, and his right back leg was injured.
Humane Officer Nanci Kinney spoke with Kyle C. Swanson two days
after the shooting. Swanson said he had been hunting on his
father-in-law's Seneca property when two dogs arrived. Swanson got
out of his stand and "shooed" the dogs away, but when they came
back, he shot one of them, according to the criminal complaint.
Gunner's front leg was amputated, and he needed surgery to repair a
severed tendon in his rear leg, according to the complaint.
Swanson is charged with one count of felony mistreatment of a dog,
which carries a maximum penalty of 31/2 years in prison. He is
scheduled to make his initial appearance March 12 in front of Wood
County Circuit Judge Greg Potter.
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