Update: The Otoe County Attorney's Office reduced the charge Wednesday to misdemeanor animal neglect. A $30,000 bond was reduced to $5,000 personal recognizance.
NEBRASKA CITY - A Nebraska City man is charged with punching his own barking dog and threatening a woman he claimed is late on her rent.
Nebraska City police arrested 51-year-old Scott Brodersen on Aug. 22 after they were dispatched to a Third Corso duplex on a report of a man trying to kick in a door of the woman’s portion of the duplex.
An arrest affidavit says a dog named Rocky escaped from Brodersen’s residence and was then chained to a tree in the front yard. Police say Rocky was barking, so Brodersen began punching the dog’s head despite officers’ order for him to stop. The dog bit Brodersen, who then left the vicinity for medical treatment.
Brodersen is suspected of felony cruelty to animals and third degree assault for threats to Brittany Tyson.