Wausau man accused of punching, wounding and hiding a cat will continue to face charges, judge rules

WAUSAU – A decide ruled you can find ample proof to continue a criminal scenario towards a person accused of abusing a woman’s cat so badly its eye was popped out of its socket.

Andrew M. Gehr, 31, of Wausau, at first faced a misdemeanor charge of intentionally mistreating an animal for the August incident involving a cat, but prosecutors amended the fees in December to include a felony. Gehr is no cost on a $1,000 signature bond set Aug. 23.

Everest Metro Police Officer Randy Dunkel testified Tuesday all through Gehr’s preliminary listening to, and Marathon County Circuit Judge Gregory Strasser purchased the scenario to go forward. Gehr’s following court docket look is scheduled for June 8.

In accordance to the criminal complaint:

► Gehr was residing with a girl in Schofield on Aug. 12 when he acquired up at 4 a.m. to go to operate and began to pet her cat, Penelope, who was within a crate. The female, who was nonetheless in mattress, was awake and watching a protection digital camera inside of the dwelling when she saw Gehr convey his hand again and punch Penelope.

The woman later advised officers Penelope experienced bitten Gehr, and he turned upset with the cat.

► On Aug. 21, the girl returned from function in the afternoon and could not discover Penelope. Gehr mentioned he had taken out the trash and still left the door open up, letting the cat to escape.

The woman place up flyers all around the neighborhood and posted on her social media web pages about the missing cat. Gehr appeared to be trying to help and set foodstuff and h2o out on the porch for Penelope, who had by no means still left the household in advance of.

► The up coming day, on Aug. 22, the woman resolved to appear for the cat inside of a lose guiding the dwelling. The get rid of was locked and only Gehr experienced the important. The female told Gehr she wanted to place containers inside the shed to get them out of her motor vehicle.

Soon after Gehr unlocked the drop, he commenced shifting containers out of it. The woman stated he did not will need to do that, for the reason that they were being placing things in and not having them out.

Gehr threw a attractive product back again into the lose and the woman looked inside. There she observed an hurt Penelope in the corner and identified as police.

An officer went into the get rid of and saw Penelope backed up against a window air conditioner. The cat’s remaining eye was dark, dried and popped out of its socket. Penelope experienced blood and dust crusted to her nose and mouth. A glass dish in entrance of her was smeared with blood on the outside and contained cat food items on the within. “A multitude” of quarter-sized blood droplets have been spattered around the cat.

Gehr explained a different animal must have injured Penelope and that the cat must have gotten inside the shed to hide. The officer observed no openings in the get rid of substantial sufficient for Penelope to have gotten by and questioned the meals in the dish, which a person have to have set in the shed.

Gehr, who beforehand was convicted of a felony, faces a utmost sentence of 10 years and a few months in jail if convicted of the animal abuse cost.

Extra: Wausau woman convicted in 2014 of torturing puppy arrested on drug, kid neglect expenses

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