Posted: Saturday, August 4, 2012 --- 4:40p.m.
RACINE, Wis. (AP) -- A father and son accused of stomping a puppy to death are due in court on charges of animal mistreatment.
Prosecutors say 49-year-old Fred Gossett of Park City, Ill., and 22-year-old Curtis Gossett of Racine killed the puppy Monday.
The criminal complaint says Curtis Gossett told a neighbor he and his father had just killed a family's puppy. The neighbor told investigators he went to the home and found the puppy alive in a pool of blood, its eyes bulging.
The puppy's owner says she had borrowed $15 from Curtis Gossett to buy gas, and repaid him $2 to show she'd pay the rest of her debt.
A Journal Times of Racine report (http://bit.ly/RzCeUw ) says the Gossetts have preliminary hearings Wednesday.
A call to their public defender rang unanswered Saturday.
Information from: The Journal Times, http://www.journaltimes.com
Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.