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Case ID: 17674
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Defense(s): Ryan Ulrich
Judge(s): Karen Seifert

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Thursday, Mar 31, 2011

County: Winnebago

Charges: Misdemeanor, Felony CTA
Disposition: Alleged
Case Images: 4 files available

» Bryan Isiah Hutcherson - Dismissed
» Samantha L. Braatz - Convicted

Case Updates: 5 update(s) available

Oshkosh Police are seeking help in identifying the owner of a dog that was found dead on a sidewalk on the city's east side.

Police received a report of a dead dog on the sidewalk in the 500 block of Oak Street at 8:26 a.m. Thursday. A neighbor reported the dog, according to a release issued by the Oshkosh Police Department.

It is unknown what type of dog it is, but the male dog was brown and white in color and approximately five months old. There were signs of severe starvation and it appears that someone left the dog on the sidewalk. The dog was taken to Lakeside Animal Hospital for an examination to try to determine the cause of its death.

The dog was not wearing a dog license, said Joe Nichols, spokesman for the Oshkosh Police Department.

The Oshkosh Area Humane Society is offering a $500 reward for anyone that may have information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information about the dog or its owner can contact the Oshkosh Police Department, (920) 236-5700, or Oshkosh Area Humane Society, (920) 424-2128. People who wish to remain anonymous may also submit a tip through Crime Stoppers by phone, (920) 233-8477, online,, or via text message by sending "IGOTYA" plus the tip to 274637.

Case Updates

Bryan Hutcherson has been found incompetent to stand trial on charges of mistreatment of animals for the starvation death of his dog, Snoop.

Judge Karen Seifert dismissed the charges, according to online court records.

Hutcherson's then-live-in girlfriend Samantha Braatz was sentenced to four months in jail for her role in the death of the dog, which was found dead on a sidewalk.

A second dog, Diamond, was found in a cage nearly starved to death. It was rescued and taken to the Oshkosh Area Humane Society, where it was adopted out.
Source: - Jan 27, 2012
Update posted on Jan 27, 2012 - 6:43PM 
A criminal case will continue for an Oshkosh woman charged in connection to the death of Snoop, a pit bull that died of starvation.

Samantha L. Braatz, 19, entered not guilty pleas to charges of felony mistreatment of an animal and misdemeanor mistreatment of an animal during an arraignment Tuesday.

Oshkosh police received a report March 31 of a dead dog lying on the sidewalk in the 500 block of Oak Street. A necropsy determined the dog died from organ failure due to extreme malnutrition that was complicated by dehydration and exposure. Police learned the dog belonged to Braatz and Bryan Hutcherson, her boyfriend, through an informant tip.

Hutcherson admitted to police that he stopped feeding Snoop because, "it was becoming too stressful and costing too much money," the complaint states.

While executing a search warrant at the residence Braatz and Hutcherson shared, police saw another pit bull puppy inside a cage. The dog, Diamond, had a hard time standing or moving in the cage and police said the dog was very skinny and appeared to be starving. The misdemeanor charge Braatz is facing stems from this second dog.

Defense attorney Ryan Ulrich asked the judge to modify a condition of Braatz's bond so that she would be allowed to have contact with Hutcherson, her fiancé and father of her unborn child, to discuss issues she has been having with her pregnancy.

Winnebago County Circuit Court Judge Karen Seifert denied the motion, but told Ulrich if he filed a formal motion requesting the bond modification with more information about the medical issues, she would set a motion hearing date.

Hutcherson is charged with mistreatment of animals causing death, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of three years six months in prison. He is due back in court July 14.

Braatz faces up to four years, three months in prison and fines of $20,000 if convicted.

She is due back in court July 25.
Source: - Jun 1, 2011
Update posted on Jun 2, 2011 - 1:29PM 
The girlfriend of an Oshkosh man accused of starving his dog to death has been charged in connection with the dog's death, as well as the mistreatment of a second dog in the residence.

Samantha L. Braatz, 19, was charged Friday in Winnebago County Court with being a party to felony mistreatment of an animal and misdemeanor mistreatment of animals.

If convicted, she faces 51 months imprisonment and $20,000 in fines.

Braatz will make her initial court appearance Tuesday before Judge Karen Seifert.
Source: - Apr 21, 2011
Update posted on Apr 21, 2011 - 8:25AM 
An Oshkosh man charged with starving his dog and leaving it for dead on a city street will undergo a competency evaluation.

Bryan Hutcherson, 19, faces one count of mistreatment of an animal causing death.

The dog, a pit bull mix named Snoop, was found last month on the 500 block of Oak Street. Authorities say it appears the dog died of severe starvation.

Investigators say Hutcherson told them he fed the dog for the first three weeks, but then decided to stop because it was becoming too stressful and was costing too much money.

Authorities say a second dog who was also malnourished dog was taken out of the home. It is recovering at the Oshkosh Area Humane Society. However, authorities have not said if there will be charges for that dog as well.

There were about a dozen animal rights activists at the court hearing for Hutcherson Thursday.

"There are pet food pantries out there. They will give you food to feed your pets -- cats, dogs, birds, whatever," said Jeannette VanDomelen of Appleton who does animal rescue out or her home. "There's no reason for the dog to starve. There's no reason for this to happen."

During the hearing, Hutcherson's attorney requested a competency evaluation for his client. That is scheduled to be done in the next 15 days.

Hutcherson's attorney also asked for his client's bond to be reduced and that he be released to his parents, who were at the hearing but live in Milwaukee. Court Commissioner Daniel Bissett declined to reduce the bond.

Hutcherson is currently in Winnebago County Jail on a $1,000 cash bond. If convicted, he faces up to three and a half years in prison.

Hutcherson's parents did not comment after court.

Officials say tips help lead to the arrest of Hutcherson and a 19-year-old woman. At this point no charges have been filed against the woman.
Source: - Apr 14, 2011
Update posted on Apr 14, 2011 - 9:24PM 
Bryan Hutcherson, 19, was charged yesterday at Winnegao County Circuit Court with the felony charge of mistreatment of an animal and causing its death. The criminal complaint came after an intensive investigation of a report of a dead puppy found on the sidewalk of the 500 block of Oak Street last week.

According to the criminal report and statements, Hutcherson purchased the puppy four months ago. Hutcherson and his 19 year-old girlfriend kept the brown and white pit bull pup in a small metal cage in their apartment. A tip from an informant stated the dog appeared skinny by the end of February, and the last time the dog was seen was on March 29. Snoop, which was the dog's name was shivering and covered with feces and urine.

When interviewed, and according to the, Hutcherson admitted he stopped feeding the dog last month because it was "too stressful and costing too much money to feed him."

Last week, Hutcherson allegedly opened the cage where the dog had been left to languish in hunger and pain, picked the dog up and carried Snoop to the sidewalk a few blocks away from Hutcherson's apartment. He laid the dog on the ground where the dog was too weak to even lift his head, and Hutcherson walked away. That is where Snoop died.

Necropsy reports reveal Snoop died of systematic organ failure, malnutrition, dehydration, and exposure.

Hutcherson faces a three and a half-year prison sentence and $10,000 fine if found guilty of Snoop's death.

Winnebago County Court Commissioner David K. Keck ordered Hutcherson held in $1000 cash bond, and he is due in court for a preliminary hearing on April 14.

Hutcherson's girlfriend, 19, has also been arrested in connection with this case.
Source: Examiner.Com - April 5, 2011
Update posted on Apr 11, 2011 - 1:17PM 


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