Manitowoc couple could face animal mistreatment charges

L-R, James Nettles, Jennifer Nettles (Manitowoc Co. Jail)

MANITOWOC, Wis. (WLUK) – Police have requested mistreatment of animal charges against a couple after discovering one dead dog and one malnourished one at an 8th Street home.

James Nettles, 26, appeared in court Friday for a bail hearing. No charges have been filed. He returns to court Dec. 17 for an initial appearance. Charges have been requested against Jennifer Nettles, but no court date has been set for her, according to the Clerk of Courts.

According to the police report, officers were sent to the Nettles’ residence on Dec. 4 for an argument.

Police were shown an “extremely malnourished” dog which was dead, and wrapped in a blanket. A second dog was found alive, but also malnourished.

Both Jennifer and James blamed each other for the condition of the animals, although she tell police there was no excuse for what she did, and that she was sorry. James invoked his Miranda rights before a formal statement was taken.

Police have requested charges of: mistreatment of animals causing death, mistreatment of an animal, two counts of failure to provide food and drink, and failure to provide proper shelter. James also faces a possible bailjumping count.

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