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Hastings man charged with animal cruelty

A Hastings man was charged in Pierce County Circuit Court last month with five misdemeanors from three separate incidents that allegedly occurred in a seven-hour span.

Christian A. Rech, 35, stands accused of mistreating animals, possession of THC and drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct that happened on July 29 within the City of Prescott. His next court appearance on the charges is a 3:30 p.m. Aug. 24 Pre-Trial Conference.


On July 30, Prescott Police Chief Mike R. Bondarenko visited the victim of the battery case to investigate an alleged violation of the no contact order. While there, the victim said that Rech had injured her brother's dog around 4:30 p.m. the previous day.

The victim explained that Rech was at her house and was upset because he had backed into her car and had also backed into her garage door with his vehicle.

She explained that she was in the dining area of her home, which is adjacent to the living room, where a sofa lined the north wall of the room. She said she saw Rech walk into the living room, walk up to the sofa, pick up the dog, "Peekachoo", a part Pekingese and part Chihuahua, with one hand, raise his arm and throw the puppy onto the floor with great force. It's estimated the dog was thrown from a height of approximately five feet. Bondarenko said the dog was three months old and weighed less than a pound.

For more please read the Aug. 12 print version of the Herald.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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