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Wausau woman pleads not guilty to torturing, killing boyfriend's dog

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Judges gavel and stryker By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judges gavel and stryker By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A Wausau woman pleaded not guilty Monday to torturing and killing her boyfriend’s dog, in a case that spurred animal lovers to promote stronger penalties for abusing pets.

20-year-old Sean Janas was arraigned in Marathon County Circuit Court on felony charges poisoning and mistreating an animal to death, and a misdemeanor count of obstructing police.

Her next court date has yet to be set.

Prosecutors said Janas kept a detailed diary which told how she forced her boyfriend’s lab-shepherd mix to take bleach and drain cleaner – and how she got pleasure from watching the pet suffer.

The dog, named Mary, died in early June.

Thousands of animal lovers said Janas should receive the maximum penalty if she’s convicted. That would be up to 5 years in prison and $30,000 in fines if the current charges are not dropped, or reduced in a plea deal. 

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