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Authorities need your help finding escaped inmate charged for mistreating animals

Brandon James Earl Shearer (Source: Columbia County Sheriff's Office)
Brandon James Earl Shearer (Source: Columbia County Sheriff's Office)(NBC15)
Published: May. 20, 2020 at 3:00 PM CDT
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Authorities are renewing calls for your assistance finding an inmate who reportedly escaped from Columbia County Jail some time ago.

The Sheriff's Office says Brandon James Earl Shearer was serving time for mistreating animals. A warrant has been also issued for Shearer.

, Shearer admitted to authorities that he beat the dog to death with a hammer, after getting upset about a dog urinating in his home.

On Wednesday, the Sheriff's Office told NBC15 News that Shearer escaped from his Huber work-release program at the jail some month ago, and still has yet to be located.

If you know where Shearer is, the Sheriff's Office asks you to tall Dispatch at 608-742-4166, leave an anonymous tip at 1-800-293-TIPS, or text tips to CRIMES using keyword TIPCOSO.

Read the full description of the inmate in the Facebook post below:

Warrant Wednesday Please contact dispatch at 608-742-4166 ext 1 if you know where this individual is; or you can leave an anonymous tip at 1-800-293-TIPS or text tips to CRIMES using keyword TIPCOSO

Posted by Columbia County Sheriff's Office WI on Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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