You can accuse Wally the steer of a lot of things.
His kisses are a little sloppy and his nudges might be a little too much.
But these days Wally's crazy ways are going beyond the pasture because Wally is apparently a nuisance. Why? Because Wally, shockingly, is mooing and apparently he's mooing loudly.
"I'm being charged with a criminal complaint," Wally's owner Karyl Hylle said.
That's right the Washington County Sheriff's Department cited Hylle, who owns the 33 acre farm where Wally resides, with a misdemeanor. The ticket specifically cites her for ongoing nuisance cow mooing.
"I honestly am speechless," Hylle said.
It seems Hylle's next door neighbor has called authorities more than 20 times claiming Wally is a moo-maniac. But in the more than an hour we were on the farm, we couldn't get Wally to make a peep.
"I mean he does moo, he's a cow, but it's rare and it's few and far between," Hylle said.
Karyl says Wally lets out a moo about twice a day. Hardly enough, she thinks, to warrant 21 complaints that have been filed with Washington County by the neighbor.
It's important to note too that Karyl's land is a zoned farm. She could have 50 head of cattle if she wanted to.
The beef on the complaints is the mooing but when officers showed up to the farm, the complaint says the cow didn't moo for them either.
So after one court appearance Karyl faces a $1,000 fine and or 90 days in jail for Wally daring to do what all steer have done before. Moo.
The Hugo city attorney says in his 15 years of prosecuting for the city he has never seen a case like this. He says the next step is to find out if this really is an enforceable citation. He says his hunch is, that it isn't.
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