Man faces animal abuse charges in Manitowoc County

MANITOWOC, Wis - Sterling Rachwal, 53, is facing additional charges of animal abuse in Manitowoc County.

Rachwal was charged with misdemeanors in Brown County court Wednesday for allegedly abusing animals.

Prosecutors say they couldn't charge him with felonies because no animals died and there was no mutilation involved, which would have called for felony charges.

Rachwal has a history of abusing animals and was released from a mental health facility in 2015.

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