By LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — A 29-year-old former Ridgeland resident has been convicted by a Dunn County jury on one felony count of mistreating an animal for poisoning his neighbor’s dog.
Eric J. Pevan was convicted following a one-day jury trial in Dunn County July 23.
Pevan was charged as a party to a crime in connection with the death of a dog belonging to his neighbor, Shane Cutting.
According to the criminal complaint, Cutting filed a complaint with the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department on March 13, 2013, saying that his neighbor, Eric J. Pevan, had threatened several times to kill Cutting’s dog at 314 Caroline Street in Ridgeland.
Cutting told deputies that the dog was his children’s pet and that he had received a telephone call from Pevan stating that “your f—ing dog is on my porch and if you don’t get your f—ing dog off my porch, I am going to kill it.”
At a later date, Cutting again spoke with Pevan, who apologized for swearing at Cutting, but again threatened to kill the dog.
When Cutting’s dog began bringing home venison, Cutting asked Pevan where the venison was coming from, and Pevan said that his girlfriend was cleaning out the freezer in the garage.
Cutting told deputies the dog began to act ill, had labored breathing, and had a foul smell on its breath. The dog died March 23, 2013, and Cutting said he had sent the dog’s body for an autopsy.
On April 27, 2013, Cutting provided a copy of an autopsy report to the sheriff’s department from the Wisconsin Diagnostic Lab, University of Wisconsin – Barron.
According to the complaint, the diagnosis was anti-coagulant toxicity, or in other words, rat poison.
In June of 2013, Pevan provided the following statement to the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department:
“In or around the month of May or June 2013, Nichole Feiertag and myself were living on 314 Caroline Street in the rental trailer behind the Jennio Wash Station. During this time I seen Nichole put rat poison into raw hamburger and venison and feed it to Shane C.’s dog. The dog that it was fed to was black in color and a larger breed. Nichole’s reason for trying to kill the dog was it was not staying out (of) her yard. She would constantly joke about how much poison it took to kill a dog and how long it was taking. The poison is still in the rental house, I believe. It is located above the kitchen stove in (the) cupboard. I at no time had any part of this and am writing this statement that is all true as a way to set the record straight with Shane, the town and the police.”
The jury began deliberations at a little after 5 p.m. July 23 and returned with a guilty verdict at 6:22 p.m.
Pevan, who is now listed in court records as having a Dallas address, is scheduled for a sentencing hearing August 27 in Dunn County Circuit Court.