Lawmaker wants to toughen animal abuse law because of local case
JANESVILLE -- A mistreating animals case involving a Milton man accused of shooting a dog with a bow and arrow has spurred a state legislator to propose a tougher law against pet assaults.
Dale A. Moore, 62, of 7720 N. County KK, Milton, told a Rock County sheriff’s deputy that the dog wasn’t on his property, barking, growling or approaching him when he shot it with an arrow, according to the criminal complaint.
The case concerned Rep. Kim Hixson, D-Whitewater, enough that he is drafting “Casey’s Law,” which would allow prosecutors to pursue felony charges in pet assaults involving a deadly weapon without provocation.
The law is named after the Great Pyrenees, Casey, who was shot with the arrow May 21 while walking with his owner along railroad tracks off County KK in Lima Township. Casey had to undergo surgery at an animal hospital in Waukesha.
Hixson announced “Casey’s Law” this week, just days before Moore appeared in Rock County Court on Wednesday on misdemeanor charges of mistreating animals and disorderly conduct. Moore is awaiting trial after a not guilty plea was entered in his case. He declined to comment after Wednesday’s hearing.
Under the proposed law, Moore could have been charged with a felony instead of a misdemeanor.
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