NU man faces four animal charges

Police find

dead goat

in vehicle

NEW ULM — A 28-year-old New Ulm man faces four misdemeanor charges for allegedly tying up a goat in a vehicle behind the B&L Bar Aug. 25-26 before it died in the vehicle.

Misdemeanor charges of overworking or mistreating animals, animal cruelty, illegal animal enclosure and depriving an animal of nourishment or shelter were filed Monday in Brown County District Court against Achoge C. Nwunneh, 19 1/2 N. Minnesota St.

According to court documents, New Ulm Police responded to a report of an animal inside a vehicle parked behind the B&L Bar, 15 N. Minnesota St., at 8:51 a.m. Aug. 26. Police were informed the animal was in distress and heard it making a bawling noise.

Police knocked on the vehicle window several times but the animal did not lift its head and its breathing was labored. Police located the vehicle owner, Nwunneh, who admitted having a goat in his vehicle.

Police and Nwunneh returned to the vehicle and found the goat dead. Its front and rear legs were bound tightly together with green rope.

Nwunneh said he got the goat in Gibbon at about 9 p.m. Aug. 25 and that he was going to butcher it in the parking stall. In addition, Nwunneh said he called his friends who told him not to butcher it, so he left the goat in the vehicle.

Nwunneh is scheduled to be arraigned in court at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2.