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Stanley man charged with skinning his dog alive

NEILLSVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - A west central Wisconsin man is free on a signature bond, after he was accused of skinning his dog alive.  

65-year-old Charles Weissmiller of Stanley made an initial appearance in Clark County Circuit Court Wednesday on a felony animal mistreatment charge.

Authorities said a Labrador-shepherd mix named Sammy was severely cut, losing both flesh and fur.

Prosecutors said Weissmiller harmed the dog because he no longer wanted him.

Community donations have helped Sammy get better. The police chief in nearby Owen, Andrew Schade, has paid over $1,000 to cover several of the dog's surgeries.

Weissmiller is due back in court July 24th, when a judge will decide if there's enough evidence to order a trial.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)