Wis. Man Upset Over Beer Shoots Goats
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
(11-21) 18:48 PST Waupaca, Wis. (AP) --
A man who was upset with his wife for not buying beer took
vengeance by shooting the family's two pet goats, prosecutors say.
Peter W. Mischler, 48, was charged this week in Circuit Court with
mistreatment of animals, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and
disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon.
The complaint said Mischler came home Monday from hunting and
became angry with his 22-year-old daughter for letting the goats out
and making a mess. While she was talking on the phone to her mother,
authorities said, he told her to tell his wife to bring home some
beer, but his wife refused because she was already on her way home.
He then threatened to shoot the goats, according to the complaint.
After his wife arrived home, she and the daughter heard four gunshots.
"He shot both of them. He killed Flash, and the officer had to kill
Chloe," the daughter, Megan Mischler, said in a phone interview
Wednesday. "I really don't understand why he shot them — they didn't
She said her father had been most angry about the mess the goats
made, not the beer.
The family is now grieving the loss of the two goats, Megan
"We took those goats swimming, we took them to Dairy Queen to get
ice cream, they were completely leash-trained," she said, her voice
trembling. "They were more than goats to us, they were more like a
dog. And they didn't deserve this."
Peter Mischler was released on $1,000 bond. When The Associated
Press called the home Wednesday evening, his wife said her husband was
not available for comment.
(This version CORRECTS that two goats were shot and that incident