Man Who Threw Puppies in Dumpster Ordered to Pay Restitution to Pet Shelter

(OnFocus) The Marshfield man who abandoned a litter of puppies in a trash can in February was ordered by the court to pay $5,018.95 to Marshfield Area Pet Shelter.

A restitution hearing was held at Wood County Courthouse on Nov. 7 for Robert Wild, 56, who was sentenced in September to 30 days in jail with Huber work release and 1-year probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of intentionally abandoning animals.

Wild was allowed keep his current animals, but is not allowed to own, possess, or train any additional animals for 5 years.

On Feb. 28, Wild abandoned a litter of newborn puppies in a dumpster outside his home. A passing salesman heard and reported the puppies, which were then brought to Marshfield Area Pet Shelter for care.

All nine “dumpster puppies” were later adopted into new home. Their story attracted widespread media attention, including from CBS’s Inside Edition.

MAPS Executive Director Karen Rau provided testimony regarding the expenses that were incurred to care for the puppies, including supplies, medical care, and staff time. Wild’s attorney debated the staff expenses, arguing that the pet shelter would have paid staff with or without the puppies. Rau stated that the puppies situation took staff time away from caring for the shelter’s other animals.

Although $18,000 was raised by the community to help with the expenses for the puppies, the court commissioner said this would not apply toward the decision and ordered Wild to pay the the full amount of restitution.

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