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Accused of stealing, then burning Beatrice the dog, Christopher Hanson reaches a plea deal

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY (WITI) — 22-year-old Christopher Hanson, charged in connection with the burning of Beatrice the dog has reached a plea deal in the case against him.

Hanson on Monday, May 11th pleaded guilty to a felony charge of mistreatment of animals.

A felony charge of theft of movable property was dismissed as a result of the plea deal.

Hanson is accused of stealing a five-year-old mixed-breed dog named Beatrice from her yard on W. Wells Street in Milwaukee on March 13th, 2014 and then burning her.

Beatrice

Beatrice

Beatrice was found 11 days after she was stolen near Potawatomi Hotel & Casino — with most of her body badly burned.

Beatrice’s owner spoke before the court during Hanson’s plea hearing, and said that the dog was burned over 90% of her body,  and these burns were mainly second-degree burns.

The owner also said the dog’s treatments have totaled $9,000 in veterinary bills.

Dr. Marla Lichtenberger, a veterinarian with the Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals gained world-wide attention when she, along with Dr. John Weigelt with Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin performed groundbreaking surgery on Beatrice. Heterograft (pigskin) was applied to Beatrice’s burns, which helped her to heal.

The state is recommending Hanson serve 18 months in prison and 24 months of extended supervision in this case. He will be sentenced on June 3rd.

7 comments

  • Kitty Wuerl

    Still not a long enough jail or supervised period and, he should have also got charged with stealing the dog & be forced to pay this dogs vet bill.
    In my opinion, his punishment was a mere slap on the wrist.
    Judge needs to get tougher on people who do this kind of things to animals before he starts doing the same or worse to humans.

    • DM Jopek

      They say people that torture and kill animals graduate to killing and torturing people. Hope someone in prison does the same to him.. He will get out and do something terrible and it will be to late. Then I think the judge should be held responsible for it also.

  • Gary Hamilton

    I think this vicious loser should do eighteen years instead of eighteen months. Look at the violent act he performed!

  • AndrewD3

    Does anyone know if there is a GoFundMe page or something similar for this animal and her family? This is a horrific thing, $9000 is a lot of money, and we we’d like to know if there is a legitimate fund set up so we can kick a few bucks her way (and encourage others).

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