Prosecutors on Tuesday charged an Onalaska man accused of breaking into his co-worker’s house and molesting his dog.

A West Salem homeowner’s daughter discovered Daniel Reinsvold straddling a golden retriever in their basement on Feb. 29, according to the complaint filed in La Crosse County Circuit Court. His underwear and pants were pulled down and his pelvic region was pressed against the dog.

The teenager startled Reinsvold, who dressed and said he was “picking up some things he dropped,” the complaint stated. The dog, Cooper, retreated to his kennel and defecated in the basement, a sign of fear or nervousness.

Reinsvold, 44, declined to talk to police. He pleaded not guilty through his attorney to charges of mistreating animals, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

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Anne Jungen covers law enforcement and the criminal justice system in La Crosse County. She joined the Tribune reporting staff in December 2005. You can contact her directly at ajungen@lacrossetribune.com or 608-791-8224.