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A Mount Pleasant man is accused of choking and swinging a dog by its leash. Now the man has been charged with a felony.

Richard Lann, 43, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office Friday with mistreating animals and disorderly conduct, domestic abuse assessments (repeater).

If convicted of both charges, Lann faces up to a year in prison and/or fines up to $11,000.

According to the criminal complaint, officers with the Mount Pleasant Police Department were called at 8:41 p.m. Thursday to a residence in the 3400 block of Sheridan Road for a report of an unwanted party.

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A woman told police she wanted Lann removed from the home because he was arguing with her and was drunk. She then told dispatch that he choked her dog and swung it around on a leash. The woman told police that she and Lann had been arguing for more than three hours and had threatened to kill her.

During the argument, Lann picked up her 14-year-old Bichon Poodle by the leash and “choked it for approximately 30 seconds,” according to the criminal complaint.

He then swung the dog and hit it against the door twice. The woman told police the dog was shaking after this. The officer noted in the report that “the dog appeared to be nervous.”

Fearing for her safety, the woman said Lann had threatened to kill the dog almost daily, and has hit and punched the dog prior to this incident.

When the officers spoke to Lann, he sat on the couch and refused to speak to them. Lann was arrested and taken to the Racine County Jail. He had a .24 blood-alcohol level.

Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch set the cash bond for $500 and a preliminary hearing for 3 p.m. Feb. 15.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.