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Crime & Courts

Police seek homeless man accused of slashing donkey's throat

DeKALB – A rural DeKalb man is accused of slitting the throat of a donkey despite having no reason to do so, according to DeKalb County court records.

Peter H. Neumann, 31, has been charged with animal cruelty, typically punishable by one to three years in prison. According to jail staff, Neumann was still at large as of noon Monday, more than a week after the crime was committed Sept. 2. DeKalb County Chief Deputy Andy Sullivan confirmed that, and said the difficulty is that Neumann is homeless.

The records show Neumann tied up the donkey in the barn on a property in the 15500 block of Somonauk Road, south of Cortland, where he'd been living temporarily as an employee. The records said Neumann slashed the animal's throat about 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2, and that the donkey's cries got the farm owner's attention. The owner and another employee ran to the barn, according to the records, and found the animal covered in blood.

Neumann's DeKalb County criminal history includes numerous traffic offenses and some misdemeanor charges, but no felony charges. Sullivan said in addition to the sheriff's office, DeKalb County Animal Control is also investigating.

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