A rural New London man, apparently upset with his wife for not buying beer after he came home from hunting, allegedly shot one of the family’s two pet goats.
Peter W. Mischler, 48, N1743 County HH, was charged on Monday in Waupaca County Circuit Court with mistreatment of animals, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon.
According to the criminal complaint, Mischler came home Saturday from hunting and expressed anger with his 22-year-old daughter for letting the goats out and making a mess.
While she was talking on the phone to her mother, he told her to tell his wife to bring home some beer. His wife refused. According to the complaint, that made him angry and he threatened to shoot the goats.
His wife soon arrived at the house. While she and her daughter were inside, they heard four gunshots. They went outside and found one of the two goats, still alive, with its entrails hanging out. It had to be killed later by a sheriff’s deputy.
Mischler was arrested later that day at a local bar. He was placed on a $1,000 cash bond by Circuit Judge Raymond Huber.