Report: Hunters mistakenly shot dog

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (CHIPPEWA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) - On Monday December 24th shortly before 9AM the Sheriff’s Office responded to 6003 90th Street in the Town of Wheaton on report of a dog that had been shot the previous night.

Deputies made contact with the dog owner Duane Wildenberg who advised he found his black German Shepherd lying on the porch bleeding. Wildenberg took his dog to the Chippewa Vet Clinic where he was advised it had been shot. Wildenberg believes the dog was shot sometime prior to 9PM the evening of December 23rd.

The blood trail from the dog lead back to an area of a snowmobile trail that runs on and in the adjacent area.

An Investigator from the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office and a Warden from the DNR began their investigation into the incident. Information from a land owner in the area indicated the parties responsible were hunting coyotes on the evening in question. The persons responsible were encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office which they immediately did.

The persons responsible are identified as (3) adults and (1) juvenile and were cooperative in the investigation. The parties were reportedly hunting coyotes in the area and mistakenly shot the dog. All parties came to the Sheriff’s Office for interviews and accompanied Sheriff personnel and the DNR Warden to the scene.

The parties responsible were not snowmobiling and the incident had no ties to the snowmobile trails that run through the area.

No charges against the individuals are expected by the Sheriff’s Office or the DNR at this time pending further review.