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Ill. Man, Wis. Son Accused of Stomping Puppy

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.

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Information from: The Journal Times, http://www.journaltimes.com

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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