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Animal abuse suspect pleads not guilty to charges

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Sean D. Janus mugshot, Marathon Co. Sheriff's Department
This is Mary, the lab-shepherd mix that died after being abused by slow poisoning and then stabbing.  A suspect in this animal abuse case has been charged in Marathon County WI courts.
Sean D. Janus mugshot, Marathon Co. Sheriff's Department

WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) - The woman accused of poisoning and stabbing her boyfriend’s dog last summer has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Sean D. Janas is charged with mistreatment of animals, exposing a domestic animal to a poisonous substance, and obstructing an officer.

Prosecutors say kept a detailed diary with entries about how she forced the lab-shepherd mix to ingest bleach and drain cleaner, and got pleasure from watching the animal suffer. The dog named Mary died June 4th.

This case has brought animal lovers out in support of stronger penalties for abuse, and efforts to seek the maximum possible penalties for Janas if convicted.

Sean Janas is currently jailed on a $2,500 dollar cash bond. If convicted, she could get five years in prison and over $30,000 in fines. Attorneys for both sides will work out future court appearances during a scheduling meeting later this week.

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