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Chippewa County man arrested for shooting family pets in front of children

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Chippewa County man arrested for shooting family pets in front of children
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

A Chippewa County man faces eight criminal charges, for allegedly shooting six family pets to death while six kids looked on.

Raymond Knez Jr., 33, of Boyd appeared in court Tuesday.

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Authorities quoted him as saying one of the family dogs killed another in a fight on Jan. 27, and he proceeded to drink 26-29 beers over the next 11 hours while deciding what to do.

Officials said he ended up shooting two dogs and four cats in front of the children, ages 10-16. His girlfriend was said to be there as well.

Sheriff's deputies were called a short time later.

Knez is charged with three counts of mistreating animals, three counts of mental harm to a child, reckless endangerment, and possessing a firearm while intoxicated.

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