Waupaca, Wis. (AP) – A judge Monday dismissed felony animal
cruelty charges against the second of three men accused of running
down deer with snowmobiles last January, killing four of the
animals. A fifth deer had to be euthanized.
Waupaca County Circuit Judge Philip Kirk ordered the charges
against 24-year-old Rory Kuenzi dismissed after prosecutors
declined to dismiss them.
A similar decision was made earlier to drop animal cruelty
charges against his 23-year-old brother Robby Kuenzi, whose lawyer
successfully argued that state law prohibits those charges against
someone who is hunting.
The judge noted that prosecutors filed several misdemeanor
charges and ordinance violations in the case alleging such things
as hunting without a license and hunting during a closed
Nicholas Hermes, 23, faces similar charges and is due in court