NEW INFORMATION: Man accused of killing dog with hammer misses initial court appearance

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) -- Portage County Assistant District Attorney Cass Cousins says Cody Phillips' reasoning for missing his initial appearance date Monday was due to a misunderstanding between he and his attorney.

Online court records show Phillips' attorney could not make the initial appearance Monday, but Phillips' was scheduled to be there.

ADA Cousins said Phillips' attorney explained Tuesday he was also under the impression his client would not be at Monday's hearing.

A new initial appearance date has been set for Feb. 3.

Phillips is free on a $500 cash bond.
BANCROFT, Wis. (AP) --A Bancroft man is charged with mistreating an animal and causing its death after he allegedly got sick of his dog and beat it with a hammer.

The Stevens Point Journal reports 26-year-old Cody Phillips was arrested Tuesday.

The criminal complaint says that on Jan. 19, Phillips woke up to find the dog defecated in his trailer home. When he tried to pull the dog outside, it growled and Phillips told deputies he panicked and hit it in the head with a hammer. He allegedly said he hit the dog twice more to end its suffering.

The complaint says the dog had a broken jaw and muzzle and blood coming out of its ears.

Phillips' attorney didn't immediately return a message left by The Associated Press.

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