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Police: Man arrested after threatening to “put a bullet” through caller’s head

A Bellingham Police officer walks Joseph E. Mersil’s adult rottweiler mix over to an Animal Control vehicle Monday morning following Mersil’s arrest.
A Bellingham Police officer walks Joseph E. Mersil’s adult rottweiler mix over to an Animal Control vehicle Monday morning following Mersil’s arrest. dpratt@bhamherald.com

A 31-year-old man was arrested Monday morning after he allegedly threatened someone who had called to report the way he was treating his dog.

Joseph E. Mersil was booked into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of harassment – his name was spelled Mercil in the jail log.

Someone called the Humane Society Monday morning regarding the way Mersil was allegedly treating his dog. Mersil then told the caller he would “put a bullet in your head,” according to Lt. Danette Beckley, spokeswoman for the Bellingham Police Department.

It remained unclear Monday what kind of treatment the dog allegedly endured that prompted the call to the Humane Society.

Mersil was searched during the arrest and no firearm was found, Beckley said.

He was taken to St. Joseph hospital for further evaluation before being booked in jail.

Mersil’s unneutered adult male rottweiler mix was seized by the Whatcom Humane Society for evaluation.

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A Bellingham Police officer pets Joseph E. Mersil’s adult rottweiler mix before he turns the dog over to an Animal Control officer Monday morning. Denver Pratt dpratt@bhamherald.com

Humane Society Executive Director Laura Clark said the dog is in protective custody because of Mersil’s arrest, adding animal control officers are compiling statements from witnesses and evidence to determine how best to move forward.

Denver Pratt: 360-715-2236, @DenverPratt

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