“If this wasn’t intentional malicious animal abuse, I don’t know what is! These are not men, they are animals, inhumane & sick in the head. You don’t know how much I want to rant & rave, swearing blue mighty at these evil pos!”
Fred Gossett, 59, of Park City, Ill., and Curtis Gossett, 19, of 419 Park View Dr., Racine, are thought to have entered a home in the 400 block of Randolph St. where they stomped on the residents’ 6-month-old beagle puppy, according to Sgt. Martin Pavilonis with the Racine Police Department.
Curtis Gossett went over to a neighbor’s home after the incident and said that he and his father had killed the family’s puppy, prompting the neighbor to go over to the home and see if what Gossett said was true, the criminal complaint states.
When the neighbor found the puppy, it was still alive, but its eyes were bulging and there was a lot of blood. He called the homeowner so that she and her children would not return to find the dog in such a state, according to the complaint.
The homeowner told police that she owed Curtis Gossett $13 after she borrowed $15 to fill her vehicle with gas and returned $2 to prove that she was good for the money, the complaint states.
Both men were taken into custody, and Curtis Gossett admitted to drinking alcohol on Monday, according to the police report.
“This is highly unusual,” Pavilonis said of the fact that someone “physically broke into a house to do this to a dog.”
Each of the men face up to 7 and a half years in prison, plus up to six additional years if they are sentenced as repeat offenders, and fines of up to $25,000 apiece for burglary.
For animal mistreatment, the two each face up to one and a half years in prison, with as much as six additional years if they are sentenced as repeat offenders, and fines of up to $10,000 each if found guilty of animal mistreatment.
Preliminary hearings are scheduled on Aug. 8.