A 56-year-old western Iowa man who allegedly shot and killed a woman’s pet dog in Marne, Iowa, is now facing a second citation in the case.
The Cass County Iowa Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that Charles Collins Cutler, 56, of Marne, who was originally cited for reckless use of a firearm, a simple misdemeanor, has also been cited for animal abuse. an aggravated misdemeanor. Cutler has been ordered to appear in court Jan. 17.
Monday, Cutler allegedly fired one shot with a shotgun from his backyard at a distance of about 30 to 40 feet at Stacey Ernat’s 1-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever, Wrigley, according to Ernat. The lab was playing with another young dog on some property between Cutler’s yard and a church, she said.
Ernat, 23, a Denver schoolteacher, was en route to celebrate the holidays with family in the Quad Cities when she stopped with a friend at a Marne acquaintance’s home, which is two houses from Cutler’s.
Ernat took Wrigley to a veterinarian in Atlantic, Iowa, where the dog died. Wrigley’s canine playmate was not injured in the shooting.
Ernat said she would transport the dog’s body in her vehicle to the Quad Cities and then bury Wrigley in Coal Valley, Ill., which is near Moline.
Marne is a town of 149 people about seven miles west of Atlantic and just south of Interstate 80.