Seth P. Wauters, 19, is accused of being party to stealing a kitten, a misdemeanor crime that could mean nine months of jail time.
Wauters and his girlfriend were captured on video shoving the kitten, a domestic shorthair tabby mix named Soda, up the girlfriend’s coat Wednesday afternoon at the Bay Area Humane Society, 1830 Radisson St., according to the criminal complaint.
Wauters and his girlfriend, who also will be charged, told police they were splitting up and because one of them would end up with custody of their dog Blue, they decided to steal a cat so that the other wouldn’t be without a pet, the complaint says.
Wauters pleaded not guilty Friday in Brown County Circuit Court. Free on a $5,000 signature bond, he is scheduled for a Jan. 9 court appearance.
Full Name: Seth Patrick Wauters
Arrest Age: 19
Weight: 130 lbs
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: Blue
Agency: Brown County, Wisconsin
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(Green Bay Press Gazette - Dec 9, 2016)