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Attorney requests competency evaluation for dog death suspect

Oshkosh resident Bryan Hutcherson has a preliminary hearing on Thursday on a felony charge of mistreatment of animals. Hutcherson told authorities he stopped feeding the dog a month ago because it was stressful and expensive. (Photo courtesy of the Oshkosh Area Humane Society)

Oshkosh resident Bryan Hutcherson has a preliminary hearing on Thursday on a felony charge of mistreatment of animals. Hutcherson told authorities he stopped feeding the dog a month ago because it was stressful and expensive. (Photo courtesy of the Oshkosh Area Humane Society)

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — A 19-year-old Oshkosh man charged with starving his dog and leaving it for dead on a city street will undergo a competency evaluation at his attorney’s request.

Bryan Hutcherson faces one count of mistreatment of an animal causing death.

During a court hearing Thursday, Hutcherson’s attorney requested a mental competency evaluation for his client. WLUK-TV reports it should be done in the next 15 days.

Hutcherson’s pit bull mix, Snoop, was found last month. Authorities say it appears the dog died of severe starvation.

Investigators say Hutcherson told them he decided to stop feeding the animal because it was becoming too stressful and was costing too much money. Hutcherson is in Winnebago County Jail.

His parents did not comment after court.

Information from: WLUK-TV, http://www.fox11online.com

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