Letters and Phone Calls Needed – Still Time to Write!

***Hearing Date Moved Back to Wednesday May 2 at 12:30 at Columbia Court House. ****

111 East Mullett Street, Portage WI 53901

Portage resident Paul Greiner will be in court Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 12:30 pm for allegedly trapping at least nine house cats in his backyard, killing them, and throwing them on a woman’s property miles from his home. Greiner originally denied killing  the cats , however he has since admitted to the crime.

Currently the formal charge against Greiner is “littering”, however reports say he is facing charges of animal cruelty, which may be punishable by a Class I Felony (see below).

Please write a polite letter to Columbia County District Attorney Jane Kohlwey urging her take this matter seriously and to prosecute Mr. Greiner to the fullest extent of the law.  kohlwey.jane@mail.da.state.wi.us

Columbia County Case Number 2018FO000166 Columbia County vs. Paul A Greiner

Columbia County District Attorney Office: 608-742-9650

The full story can be read here; video footage can be found here, but briefly, Lewiston resident Liz Masterson started finding dead cats three weeks ago, eventually finding nine. She spotted a man in front of her house on March 26 throwing a dead cat onto her property. Detectives from Portage Police and the Sheriff’s office investigated and a search warrant was executed at Mr. Greiner’s house where they collected a large live animal trap, a small animal trap, black gloves, an open can of tuna, and a DNA sample.

Wisconsin statute 951.02 states that: 

“No person may treat any animal, whether belonging to the person or another, in a cruel manner.”

Penalties: “Any person who intentionally or negligently violates any of those sections is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.  Any person who intentionally violates s. 951.02, resulting in the mutilation, disfigurement or death of an animal, is guilty of a Class I felony.” 

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