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OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) – A Winnebago County judge has ordered a third competency evaluation for a teen accused of starving his dog to death.

Nineteen-year-old Bryan I. Hutcherson has already undergone two evaluations. Doctors came to conflicting conclusions on whether he’s competent to stand trial on a felony charge of animal mistreatment.

Oshkosh police in March received a report of a dead dog on a sidewalk. A necropsy determined that malnutrition and dehydration contributed to its death.

Police later received a tip that Hutcherson and his girlfriend had been keeping a pit bull matching the dog’s description in a cage at their home.

The criminal complaint quotes Hutcherson as telling investigators he stopped feeding the dog in part because of the expense.

An Oshkosh Northwestern report says the girlfriend has also been charged.

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