Brian Reichardt 32 of Racine has been charged with Intentionally Mistreat Animals,Criminal Damage to Property and Disorderly Conduct. He was given a $2,000 cash bond after making his initial appearance in Racine Circuit Court on Friday afternoon. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 17,2015. According to jail records a hold has been placed on him from Wisconsin Department of Corrections
According to the criminal complaint, on November 19, 2015 at 1:15 p.m., Racine Police were dispatched to the 2500 block of Northwestern Ave for an animal abuse complaint, where the caller stated the defendant was “throwing a dog into a wall of an apartment”
Dispatch advised officers that the defendant was leaving the scene as they arrived. Officers spoke with the victim who stated that she and the defendant were arguing as they were entering the complex and the defendant reportedly stated he was going to kill the 1 year old pit bull mix. The defendant entered the residence got the dog from his kennel, by grabbing him by the neck and threw him into the wall. The victim pointed out a 5″x3″ hole in the wall that was caused by the dog striking it with his head.
The criminal complaint states that as the dog was trying to run away from the defendant he allegedly grabbed the dog again by its tail and neck and threw the dog against the wall of the hallway. The dog ran from the apartment down the hallway but attempted to enter the apartment and go to its kennel when, the defendant then threw the dog into a door frame.
According to reports, several parties were able to subdue the defendant long enough for the dog to run away. Witnesses said that during the attack on the dog several parties were trying to intervene, but the defendant was trying to fight everyone. Witnesses stated to police that the dog was yelping and crying during the attack. He was taken into custody at a nearby gas station
When questioned by Police, the defendant told them that he had “no recollection of the attack” because he “he had a seizure”. It should be noted that the criminal complaint doesn’t state if medical aid was requested by the defendant or by law enforcement
The criminal complaint states that he has been charged as a “repeater”, having been convicted on February 19, 2015 of Strangulation/Suffocation/Domestic Abuse/Repeater in Kenosha County.