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Man accused of biting, slugging dog, claims not to know that’s animal abuse

 River Falls police ended up arresting and taking to jail a 23-year-old local man for animal mistreatment Friday, Oct. 11.

The alleged incident took place in the 900 block of Sycamore Street.

The accused man said he was caring for a pit bull named Dozer.

The dog was found whimpering, yelping, limping and bleeding from face and head.

The man said the pit bull wouldn’t get out of a vehicle and made a move as if to snap, so he grabbed the dog by the neck and slugged it repeatedly with his fist.

Later he allegedly told officers he had struck the dog before and bitten it, but that he was unaware this was cruel or considered animal abuse. He also said he trains pit bulls.

Police say they’ve also obtained video of some of the man’s violent actions toward the dog.

The case goes to the district attorney.

Police recently also:

--Arrested a 19-year-old rural River Falls man for drunk driving downtown at 2:35 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. The driver of an F150 Ford pickup truck was said to be speeding and making wild turns.

Asked what he was up to, the young man said he was “trying to pick up chicks.” There were beer cans in his front seat but he denied drinking.

--Arrested two young male college students in the 700 block of West Cedar Street last week Wednesday, Oct. 9, for their alleged roles in possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia. One man was also charged with intent to sell the marijuana. Quite a bit of drug-related evidence was seized at their home. Part of that came after a judge granted police a search warrant.

--Arrested a 25-year-old local man for criminal property damage at Kwik Trip, 1238 N. Main St., before 3 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. The man was first spotted by a patrolling officer while sleeping at a picnic table by the store’s front door.

He then got up and started pulling on a parked truck’s rain deflector and side mirror, damaging both. The truck belonged to a Kwik Trip worker inside.

The arrested man said he didn’t know anything – not what he’d just done, nor where he was or how he got there. He vaguely recalled drinking with buddies at downtown bars.

After being given a $240 citation, the man was very tired, couldn’t find a ride, so police gave him a courtesy lift home.

--Caught and cited a 21-year-old local man for public urination at Second and Locust streets before midnight Friday, Oct. 11. The man was urinating on a bank’s ATM machine and wouldn’t stop. When he finally did, he was given a $114 citation.

--Caught and cited a 26-year-old New Richmond man for public urination at North Main and East Maple streets by a parked car. Asked who he was, the man said he had no idea but that his wife might know. He was given a $114 citation.

--Investigated an unsolved battery of a 19-year-old UWRF male student that occurred at 803 S. Main St. after 1 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13. A big party was going on and underage drinkers were suspected of being there.

Everyone scattered as officers arrived. The victim wasn’t found until later at the entrance to Glen Park. His face, mouth and jacket were bloodied.

The man said he had asked a guy to leave the party and took a punch to the face that knocked him backwards.

Asked by police why he ran from the house, the victim said because everyone else took off running. The man would give no description of the suspect who hit him and didn’t want a police investigation into what occurred.

He ended up needing an ambulance. UW-River Falls police assisted with this incident.

There’s more. Please see Police Beat in the Oct. 17 print edition of the River Falls Journal.