Coyote hunter Kurt Rausch, who has been found guilty of the mistreatment of animals for the killing of a mastiff named Gary (he also killed a husky mix named Franny, but was not found guilty – she resembled a coyote) while hunting coyotes, will be sentenced on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 9:00 am.

We need you to write to Judge Josann Reynolds requesting that Rausch receives the maximum penalty for his crime. Write to her: c/o The Dane County Courthouse, 215 S Hamilton St # 7105, Madison, WI 53703.

Your letters can make a big difference. So print out a letter, stick it in an envelope, stamp it, and mail it today!

Rausch, while wearing a bright head-lamp, used a calling device to call coyotes.  Veterinarian, Deanna Clark was taking her four dogs for a walk – they started to walk towards the sound.  When he saw two of the dogs, who were wearing reflective vests, he shot them both.  One died right away and the other died a couple of days later.  Initially, Rausch was charged with a felony, but it was reduced to a misdemeanor.  

More information can be found here.

What Else You Can Do:  

  • Attend the sentencing on Thursday, Feb 15th at 215 S Hamilton St # 2000, Madison, WI 53703 at 9:00 am, 7th Floor, Branch 2. There need to be animal loving people in the courtroom.  
  • If you are able to come early, make a sign to bring and stand outside the courthouse with signs stating that Rausch must receive the maximum penalty for killing Gary.
Thank you so much for caring and doing what you can!