Manawa man pleads not guilty in dog shooting case

WAUPACA COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - A Manawa man accused of killing his neighbor's dog has entered not guilty pleas to the charges against him.

Jeffrey Buttles, 59, appeared before a Waupaca County judge Tuesday for an arraignment. Buttles pleaded not guilty to charges of Mistreatment of Animals/Cause Death and Resisting or Obstructing an Officer.

Buttles is accused of shooting his neighbor's Great Dane named Gypsy on Jan. 16. Buttles told investigators he put Gypsy's body in his truck and disposed of the animal in the south branch of the Little Wolf River, near Granite Quarry Road.

Buttles said the neighbor's dogs were "constantly on his property" and he had tried to talk with the owner, but could never make contact with him. Buttles said he was "getting sick" of having the dogs on his property and they were a "general nuisance." He said it had been going on for eight months.

Action 2 News spoke with Gypsy's owner, Justin Beese. "We've never even spoke to this neighbor before," Beese said. "He's never come over here saying there was a concern about our dogs or anything."

Beese started using the hashtag #JusticeforGypsy on social media and created a petition in the same name.

Buttles' next court appearance is scheduled for April 5.