A Wisconsin man has been charged after police said he shot his dog in the head, wrapped it in a blanket and plastic and then threw it in the trash at his Fox Lake home.
Wesley R. Anderson, 38, of Genoa City, Wisconsin, was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and reckless discharge of a firearm, court records show.
The Fox Lake Police Department said that Anderson allegedly shot and killed his Doberman Pinscher on February 14. Police were notified five days after it happened when a witness called 911 and reported the incident.
The witness told police that Anderson shot the dog in the head in the basement of Anderson’s Fox Lake home in the 300 block of Washington Street. The witness added that Anderson then wrapped the dog in plastic and a blanket before throwing it in a trash can.
A source told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that Anderson was under the influence of cocaine and his girlfriend, along with one of Anderson’s children, were present when he shot the dog. Police have not confirmed this yet.
The Fox Lake Police Department said that officers found the dog’s carcass in the trash can and took it to a veterinarian for an autopsy, which confirmed that the dog died from a gunshot wound to the head.
A search warrant was obtained for Anderson’s Fox Lake home and police recovered handguns and shell casings, along with evidence the dog was shot inside the basement, the Fox Lake Police Department said.
Anderson was released from the Lake County Jail after posting 10 percent of his $50,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again on March 12.