Crime

Sheriff: 4 dogs, cat, snake removed from drug home in Columbia County

31-year-old faces drug dealing, other charges

PORTAGE, Wis. - A Portage man is accused of dealing drugs and animal neglect following a monthslong drug investigation in Columbia County, officials said. 

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office said it was investigating the sale of heroin and methamphetamine in the county for several months before deputies searched a Portage home Wednesday. 

According to the report, deputies searched a house in the 200 block of West Howard Street with a warrant. 

Eric Scheriger, 31, was arrested on suspicion of five counts of delivery of heroin, maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of probation and intentionally failing to provide adequate shelter and sanitary conditions resulting in animal neglect.

The condition of the home was unsuitable for habitation, the sheriff's office said. Officials removed four dogs, a cat, and a snake.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Portage police, Divine Savior EMS and the Columbia County Humane Society. 

 

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