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WAUPACA COUNTY -- Waupaca County Sheriff's officials are investigating a complaint regarding a crime involving a horse.

Sheriff's officials were called out to a property on Crain Road, in the township of Lebanon, near New London on Sunday afternoon, November 29th.

WLUK reports the property owner indicated to officials that his horses were acting as though they had been spooked -- so he went out to investigate.

That's when he found one of the horses, a pregnant five-year-old mare, injured and bleeding.

A veterinarian called out to the scene determined the horse had been sexually assaulted.

The owner of the horses says the animals were acting normal late Saturday afternoon, so the assault likely happened late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

The horse and foal are expected to survive.

Sheriff's officials say they have contacted a person who has a history of sexually assaulting horses, but no one has been arrested.

WLUK is reporting forensic evidence has been collected and sent to the state crime lab for analysis, just as would be done in a sexual assault case. He says that evidence should aid investigators. But animal DNA is also involved. That evidence had to be sent to a second lab for analysis.

Investigators are asking anyone who saw anything strange or saw a suspicious vehicle in the area to call them at (715) 258-4466.

Meanwhile, horse owners are being advised to be keep an eye on their horses and call local police or sheriff's officials if they see anything suspicious.

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  • Vicki Mitchell

    For those of you making jokes, this is not funny. This is a sick individual and an animal abuser. Why, if there is a guy with a history of sexually abusing horses, is he walking around and not in jail?

    • Mark

      I’m actually really surprised a horse would stay still…. wouldn’t you think that even if it were in a stall it would start kicking / bucking? Too bad it didnt drop kick this idiot right in the head. A history of sexually assaulting horses, pretty disgusting individual.

    • Yoni

      How do you know it wasn’t consensual? Pregnant wives are usually in dire need for a good “roll in the hay”.

  • K R P

    I don’t see why anyone finds humor in this. This disgusting and sick individual belongs behind bars permanently. A helpless animal first, then what? A helpless human being. Put him away for good. May he rot in hell !

  • Michael Neals

    There was someone in this same area or maybe Appleton years ago. A 3 year old girl ended up being taken from her bedroom (screen cut) and sexually assaulted to death. He was 30-40 lived with mom and mom washed his clothes AFTER the murder. I had moved away from the area and lost track to see if he was prosecuted etc. Anyone know? Maybe this is the same dude?

  • Michael Neals

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    Trial Begins in Horse Assault Case
    Wisconsin – The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel carried a story on April 21, 1997 that jury selection was scheduled to begin fora rural Weyauwega man accused of sexually assaulting a pregnant mare. A trial for Sterling Rachwal, 33, has been moved to Oconto County because of extensive pretrial publicity and safety concerns. A judge earlier ordered that an anonymous jury be selected to hear the case to prevent animal rights groups from contacting them.

    He is charged with burglary, mistreatment of an animal, criminal damage to property and bail jumping in the June 1 incident in the rural Waupaca County town of Mukwa. Rachwal was arrested after a couple, who lived next door to Rachwal’s parents, reported that their pregnant Arabian mare had been sexually assaulted. The horse survived the attack.

    At the time of the incident, Rachwal was free on a signature bond stemming from a case in Monroe County, where he was convicted of sexually assaulting three horses at farms in the Tomah area in 1993. Those horses were destroyed because of their injuries. That conviction was overturned by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 1995 and Rachwal was awaiting a new trial.

    Rachwal has been convicted of mistreating horses, resulting in the deaths of several, numerous times in Waupaca County in 1982, 1984 and 1988.
    Do you think this is same person?

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