WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI (WSAU-WAOW) — A Marshfield man accused of throwing a litter of puppies in a dumpster shortly after they were born will be allowed to keep his own dogs while he awaits trial.
A judge ruled on Thursday that Robert M Wild does not have to give up his four dogs as part of the condition of his bond, throwing out a request by Wood County District Attorney Craig Lambert to amend what was originally set one month ago after the dogs were rescued by a concerned resident.
The bond prohibited Wild from having any abusive contact with animals. Lambert had asked that to be amended to say no contact with animals whatsoever in the interest of protecting the dogs.
Wild’s attorney emphasized that there’s no indication those four dogs have been abused in any way.
Wild is accused of putting the puppies in a plastic bag and throwing them in the dumpster. After officers saved the puppies, a receipt with Wild’s name on it was found in the bag.
Court documents say he told officers one of his dogs had given birth to the eight puppies, and that he wanted to dispose of them. He reportedly admitted that he knew the animals would likely die in the dumpster, either from starvation, dehydration, or suffocation.
All of the puppies have since been adopted.