Paul A. Greiner of Portage Wisconsin has been charged with 5 counts of stalking (Felony I) (offense date 2/1/18) and 1 count of mistreatment of animals/cause death (Felony I) (offense date 3/24/18) for baiting, trapping, and killing neighborhood cats.
On May 2, 2018 he appeared in court with his attorney Mark David Lawton. Troy D. Cross appeared for the State of Wisconsin. He was assigned a $1,000 signature bond and can have no contact with five individuals or their residences. He may not possess any animals, animal traps, or firearms.
On June 18, 2018 at 1:50 pm he will appear at a pre-trial conference at the Columbia County Courthouse, 111 E. Mullett Street, Portage WI 53901.
On August 1, 2018 at 2:45 he will return to court.
The prosecuting attorney is Assistant D.A. Mary Ellen Karst: 608-742-9650.
If convicted, Greiner faces a sentence of up to 3-1/2 years in prison for each of the 6 felony charges.
In a 5/2/18 article in the Portage Daily Register it was reported that:
“When a Portage police detective asked Greiner about the cats April 11, the same day a search warrant was executed on his Dunn Street house, Greiner reportedly explained that after finding feathers around his bird feeder, he set conibear traps baited with tuna in a five-gallon pail. Conibear traps are advertised as rotating jaw traps to quickly catch and dispatch wild animals.
Greiner told police he “wanted to eliminate the city of feral cats” and would take the cats to Anacker road and threw them in the ditch.”
What you can do:
- Write a polite but firm letter to Columbia County District Attorney Jane Kohlwey (firstname.lastname@example.org.) urging her to take this matter seriously and to prosecute Mr. Greiner to the fullest extent of the law.
This man is dangerous and feels that he can take the law into his own hands. He baited cats with tuna and then trapped and killed them for being cats. Their final day was filled with fear and most likely torture of some kind. These crimes must be punished seriously, regardless of the fact that Greiner was a state trooper or that he is elderly. He is a criminal. The courts must send a strong message that this type of abuse is not acceptable
Address letters to:
District Attorney Jane Kohlwey
Columbia County District Attorney
P.O. Box 638
Portage, WI 53901
- Attend the pretrial on June 18 and/or the trial on August 1. Bring signs to display outside the courthouse. Be a witness to the cats who were killed by this man. Portage is 45 minutes from Madison. Let us know if you would like help with signs or to connect with others who may wish to attend.
Columbia County Courthouse
111 E. Mullett Street
Portage WI 53901