SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (WHBL) -After a 4-day jury trial, a jury spends over 4 hours deliberating in the case of Christie Tuchel – and comes back with a verdict just after 10:00 Friday night… Judge L. Edward Stengel reading the verdict before the court around 10:15….
Testimony continues in the Kinship Kennels hearing, where Christy Tuchel is on trial for causing harm to a child and mistreating animals at her facility in the Town of Wilson. Officials arrived at the facility in June of 2017 after reports that the dogs at the facility weren’t being properly cared for. Investigators located 2 freezers full of dead dogs, and 36 live dogs, which were body scored and removed from the facility. During the hearing, jurors have heard from the vet from the Humane Society, who said the animals were malnourished, and many of them suffered from ear infections and other health issues.
On Thursday morning testimony continued – with the teen left to care for the dogs on the stand – talking about how the situation at the kennel got progressively worse as the family lost their license to sell puppies, and were unable to provide food for the animals. The teen described his frustration with not being able to feed the dogs for days at a time, and having to dig holes to bury the dogs after they either passed away, or were “put down.” Testimony is expected to continue to last into the day on Friday, as the defense presents their case. Tuchel is facing a felony count of causing mental harm to a child, a felony mistreatment of animals charge, and 36 misdemeanor charges of failing to provide food and drink to animals.
by Jon DeMaster