Suspect Paul Wicker arrested in Boyne City animal cruelty case

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This cat was found injured and covered in paint. Police urge anyone with information about this crime to call 9-1-1 immediately.
This cat was found injured and covered in paint.

Sheriff Don Schneider reports that the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a suspect in the animal cruelty case where a cat was sprayed with orange-red spray paint and its tail severely injured resulting in amputation.


Paul Wicker, age 40 from Boyne City, was arrested Oct. 22, when a misdemeanor warrant for animal cruelty, which carries a 93 day, $1,000 fine, and community service, and a felony warrant for witness intimidation, which carries a maximum of 15 years and/or $25,000 fine, were issued by Prosecuting Allen Telgenhof.

Wicker was arraigned by the Charlevoix County 90th District Court Magistrate and bond was set for $50,000.

This crime was solved by the media exposure that generated a magnitude of citizens’ response to this heinous crime.

Several citizens came forward to provide Sheriff’s Office with leads to solve the case which touched the hearts of many people.

Sheriff Schneider commends the assistance of both the citizens of Boyne City and the Sheriff’s Office Investigators.