STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU by Larry Lee) -- A man accused of killing his mother’s dog was back in Portage County court Monday. 35-year-old Todd Boaz made an initial appearance on charges of mistreating an animal resulting in death and causing mental harm to a child. The mental harm charges stem from causing harm to his son by killing the dog, drug-induced actions, and other acts.
The incident happened on or about December 19th at an apartment complex on Bush Street in Stevens Point. The complaint says Boaz stabbed and killed his mother’s Boston Terrier named Lucky. Boaz told officers he was either going to kill the dog or kill himself.
Court documents say Boaz has a history of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and may have other mental health issues. He admitted to officers he was not taking his medication.
Stevens Point police found the dog in a garbage bag in a nearby wooded area, and evidence of cleaning up after the act, including bloody carpet, the knife used to kill the dog, and cleaning chemicals used in the apartment.
Boaz remains in jail on a $2,500 cash bond. He will be back before judge Thomas Flugar for a preliminary hearing January 21st.