Owner arrested after injured pit bull found chained outside auto shop

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - A Green Bay man was arrested after a humane officer found a pit bull with severe mange and an eye injury chained outside an auto body shop.

Marco A Rodriguez, 42, is charged with Mistreating Animals, Disorderly Conduct, and Obstructing an Officer.

On Friday, Sept. 22, the Green Bay Police Department's senior humane officer was called to a business in the 600 block of Dousman Street. The caller wanted an officer to check on a dog chained to a pole in front of an auto body shop.

A criminal complaint obtained by Action 2 News details the report made by the humane officer. She said she arrived at the shop to find a dog with "an extremely red face laying outside of the front establishment windows." The officer said the animal "had a severe type of skin mange and also a noticeable injury to its right eye."

A metal chain was being used as a collar. The dog had no shelter from the 90 degree heat, according to the officer.

The officer said Rodriguez came out and started swearing at her. The man claimed the dog was "fine" and that "people need to stop f---ing calling" on him.

The officer recommended the dog be taken to a vet, but Rodriguez refused. He claimed he was treating the animal himself.

The officer told Rodriguez that she was seizing the dog to ensure its welfare.

The officer said the man became agitated and refused to comply with her orders. The officer said he was swearing and "creating a scene" as school was letting out at nearby Fort Howard Elementary School.

The man was taken into custody on the animal mistreatment charge and disorderly conduct.

The complaint states that the dog, an 8-month-old pit bull, was covered in scabs. He was taken to a local humane society for medical treatment.

A vet found that the dog had an ulcer on its eye and severe mange. The vet and humane officer used bolt cutters to remove an 18-inch chain used as a collar.

The witness who called the police said she had been making auto parts deliveries to the auto repair shop since spring. That's when she noticed a dog named Casper at the business. She said that over time, she noticed the dog's health decline.

On Sept. 22, she saw the dog on a concrete slab in front of the business. She worried that the dog was dead and checked on him. She provided the dog some water from a water bottle.

The witness "said that the dog's face was so red then that it looked awful and she couldn't take it anymore." That's when she called police.

Rodriguez appeared in court Monday. The court ordered a $2,500 bond. As a condition of bond, he can have no contact with dogs.

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