Mayor Pleads Guilty in His Dog’s Death

Warning: This story may disturb some readers.

The mayor of Rice, MN has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of not providing adequate shelter for his dog. His dog froze to death outside of his home in February when the temperature was 15 degrees below zero and the wind chill was about minus 30. The dog’s house was a plastic travel kennel. The mayor was ordered to pay a $50 fine plus extra fees which made his grand total $132.

(Thanks Denise)

10 Responses to “Mayor Pleads Guilty in His Dog’s Death”

  1. justme says:

    $132. there’s justice for you. let’s hope that where this guy’s eventually going, it’s somewhat hotter than is comfortable. how do these people live with themselves?

  2. Donna says:

    Just think,people like this are in positions of “power”. Some one needs to turn his “power” pack off.He is Not worthy to make decisions,just ask his dog. A sin to have people like this,called a leader.

  3. Jerry says:

    This is pocket change to this guy and a mere slap on the hand. This is an insult!!


  4. xyz says:

    Itchmo: Thank you for the warning under headlines such as this. It is difficult for some people to understand the impact cruelty and pain can have. In the best of circumstances there’s no way to accept it. For those that struggle with the emotional and physical effects of trauma it can be another kind of hell. It’s not about avoiding reality. It’s about too much reality and no where to put it. I do wish the general media would be as sensitive. Some do seem to be coming around and adding their own disclaimers.

  5. Susan says:

    In my state, leaving an animal outside under those conditions classifies as felony animal cruelty. Doesn’t NM have strong animal protection laws? Or did he plea bargain because he’s the mayor? That goes way beyond inadequate shelter. I hope the voters remember him next election! What a (I can’t think of a word that’s printable)!

  6. Debra says:

    This from the City of Rice website:

    “As Mayor, I feel “All of us are smarter than one of us.” I’d love to hear from you! You may call the Mayor’s office direct at (320) 393-3380. If I am not there at the time of your call, please leave a message.”

    You can also contact the Mayor by writing to:
    Mayor Mitch Fiedler
    City of Rice
    205 Main Street East
    PO Box 179
    Rice, MN 56367

    No email listed, though.

  7. Big Fat Momma Cat says:

    Poor thing. It was probably too cold to go get him and bring him inside, :(, I guess. When are people going to realize that pets are living breathing beings that need and deserve appropriate care and attention?

    Why have a pet, just to leave it outside? A pet is a member of a family and should be treated that way! I’ve seen so many dogs that are just tied up on a short chain and that is all they have, they never get off that chain! I’d like to kidnap them and find a better home for them all. But they are so frighten and upset, I can’t even approach them. It’s criminal and immoral; there are few laws and very little enforcement or funds. There is no place to call; nobody seems to care.

    The owners should be tied up on a short lease for a full year; throughout the heat of summer and the cold of winter, with no shelter or even a pile of straw. Yes, and feed them 20% melamine tainted foods. See how they like it! :(

  8. TEALCSMOMMY says:

    I think if a politician wanted to get more votes, he/she should pay attention to the animal lover population (a large percentage of the human race, no?) and get laws, etc done to respect and treasure these creatures in all ways (non-toxic foods, for one!)

  9. Kath Fitzgerald says:

    The City of Rice, MN lists a Nancy Anderson as Mayor. Looks as if Fiedler is a former mayor. I don’t mean to be sexist but why does it seem so much worse if a woman did this! (And I’m a feminist.)

  10. Carol Johnson says:

    I called and was told that the this was personal and had nothing to do with the city by a very snotty woman….I quess having a morally bankrupt person for mayor is not cause for concern.

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