For 38-year-old Portage, Wisconsin native Andrew Collette, the days are not going to get any easier after he was arrested, and charged with felony animal cruelty for beating and fatally injuring a dog. According to the Portage Police Department, Collette was hired by his neighbor Brandy Rose to fix her indoor speaker system, so that she could enjoy surround sound for the family entertainment system After performing an inventory check of the tools he needed to repair the speakers, Collete reportedly asked Rose to run to the store so she could buy electrical tape and other tools he needed to complete the job.
After performing an inventory check of the tools he needed to repair the speakers, Collete reportedly asked Rose to run to the store so she could buy electrical tape and other tools he needed to complete the job.
That’s when authorities allege that Collette encountered Rose’s eight-and-a-half pound Papillon dubbed Pepe. The running theory according to police is that Pepe might have been startled by Collette’s appearance in the home, and began barking incessantly.
When she returned home from the store, Rose told local newspaper the Portage Daily Record what happened next after she couldn’t find Pepe saying,
“My friend and I went into my daughter’s bedroom and found her underneath the bed and that’s when we pulled her out. Her eye was red and bulged out; she didn’t even acknowledge me. There was nothing.”
Pepe was rushed to an emergency veterinary clinic where he was treated for a deflated lung, a broken leg, several broken ribs, and a fractured pelvis. Unfortunately, Pepe was humanely euthanized, a choice Rose made because his injuries were too grave to overcome.
Collette was questioned, and subsequently arrested and charged with one count of felony animal cruelty in the death of Pepe. When asked to retell the events, he reportedly told the arresting officers that Pepe fell out of a window, and thus sustained the injuries in that manner. Investigators could not corroborate this story and believe Collete to be untruthful. Collete was led away in handcuffs with his head held low as he was placed in a police wagon, his feet shackled.
If convicted of the felony cruelty charge, Collette could receive up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000.