JUNEAU — A 25-year-old Mayville man made his initial appearance in court on Monday after being charged with a felony for allegedly kicking a muskrat.
Brandon S. Post is charged with a felony count of mistreatment of animals and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. If convicted of both charges, he could face up to three years and seven months in prison and an $11,000 fine.
Post appeared before Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Steven Bauer, who placed Post on a $250 cash bond.
According to the criminal complaint, a Mayville police officer was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Horicon and Main streets on May 14 at 1:30 a.m. when he spotted Post. The officer also saw a small animal in front of Post and it appeared that the animal was attempting to get away from him.
The officer reported that Post caught up to the animal in an alleyway in the 100 block of South Main Street and began kicking it. The officer made contact with Post when he was stepping on the animal.
According to the criminal complaint, the muskrat was young and was injured badly during the incident and was not able to move from the area.
Post told the officer that he was with some people when they saw the muskrat and he chased it away because some people were scared of it.
According to the criminal complaint, the officer removed the muskrat and took him to a grassy area by the river. Since the muskrat was barely breathing, he shot the muskrat with his department-issued service pistol.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 26.