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Case ID: 5465
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Thursday, Jul 7, 2005

County: La Crosse

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Mark E. Peters

A Bangor, Wis., man was charged on July 8, 2005 with felony maltreatment of an animal after officials said his dog was found emaciated, unable to stand and infested with flies and maggots.

Mark E. Peters, 45, of 1611 Cardinal St., told a Bangor police officer his 14-year-old Norwegian elkhound, Ruger, was fine, though listless, when he left for work about 4:15 a.m. on July 7.

But a neighbor reported finding the dog in pain and near death about 9:25 a.m., La Crosse County prosecutors said in a criminal complaint.

The neighbor called the Coulee Region Humane Society, saying the dog was lying on its side, yelping, bleeding and riddled with flies and maggots, the complaint said.

Dr. Kimberly Kratt at Central Animal Hospital told investigators the dog's condition was so poor the decision was made to euthanize it due to "his extreme state of suffering," according to the complaint.

The dog was in shock and suffering from dehydration, anemia, hypothermia, maggot infestation, ticks, Lyme disease, heartworm disease, a bacterial infection and hyperthermia, Kratt said.

Its muscles were wasted throughout its body and it had dental disease that took years to develop, Kratt said.

Peters told a Bangor police officer Thursday evening he thought the dog's health was failing due to old age but he did not suspect any major problems.

Peters said the dog was running in his backyard two days earlier, according to the complaint.

During a court appearance, La Crosse County Circuit Judge John Perlich released Peters on a $5,000 signature bond.

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