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Racine man accused of shooting at pet pig because he did not have a permit to keep him in the house

Posted at 4:15 PM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 18:12:47-05

RACINE — A man is facing charges after court documents say he shot at his pet potbelly pig.

Officers say they responded to a Racine residence Sunday after a report of shots being fired inside the home. The mother met the officer outside, along with her three children, and told police her husband, 37-year-old Justin McKenna, shot their pig, named Chester.

The woman told police she heard a gunshot followed by the sounds of Chester "crying" and several more gunshots.

Officers found Chester underneath the stairs, still alive. One officer found Chester with dried blood and a small wound on his left ear. Officers later found the gun that they believe was used to injure Chester.

Police arrested McKenna and took him to the Racine Police Department. McKenna admitted to officers he decided to put Chester down because it was difficult for him to obtain a permit to allow the pig in the home.

McKenna told officers he tried the gun was not working properly after firing the first round, so he fired again, but failed to kill Chester. McKenna told police after several rounds and Chester not dying, he put the gun back upstairs.

The man admitted to drinking three 12 ounce bottles of Miller Genuine Drafts earlier in the evening.

McKenna is now facing the following charges:

1) Mistreating Animals - Intentional or Negligent Violation: Class A Misdemeanor
2) Disorderly Conduct, Use of a Dangerous Weapon: Class B Misdemeanor

If convicted, McKenna could spend up to nine months in prison or face a fine of up to $10,000.

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