Minot man charged with choking a dog

MINOT, N.D. – UPDATE: A Minot man faces an A-misdemeanor charge of animal abuse after police say they witnessed him abusing a dog in his backyard.

According to a criminal affidavit filed with the courts, Minot Police officers responded to a southwest Minot home late Tuesday night for a report of a man repeatedly going outside and yelling.

Police say they found a dog in a fenced-in area outside in below-freezing temperatures.

They say a man, later identified as 53-year-old Wesley Peltier, initially refused to speak with police. An officer observed Peltier yelling while holding a fishing spear.

Moments later, officers reported seeing Peltier holding the dog in the air and choking the animal, as well as striking the dog and slamming the animal on the ground.

Police ordered Peltier to let go of the animal and arrested him.

An officer witnessed blood on the animal’s face.

Court records indicate the animal was taken to the city pound.

An officer reported that Peltier smelled of alcohol on the way to jail and appeared highly drunk. The officer also reported that Peltier spat on the window of the patrol car, and made threatening remarks regarding the officer's spouse.

Peltier made his initial appearance in district court Thursday. He bonded out and will be back in court April 4.


ORIGINAL STORY: A Minot man faces an A-misdemeanor charge of animal abuse after police say they witnessed him choking a dog in his backyard.

According to a criminal affidavit filed with the courts, Minot Police officers responded to a southwest Minot home late Tuesday night for a report of a man repeatedly going outside and yelling.

Police say they found a dog in a fenced-in area outside in below-freezing temperatures.

They say a man, later identified as 53-year-old Wesley Peltier, initially refused to speak with police. An officer observed Peltier yelling while holding a fishing spear.

Moments later, another officer reported seeing Peltier holding the dog in the air and choking the animal.

Police ordered Peltier to let go of the animal and arrested him.

An officer witnesses blood on the animal’s face.

Peltier made his initial appearance Thursday and remains in custody. He will be back in court April 4.