WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) - Close to one hundred people brought their pets to the Marathon County Courthouse this morning. It was the March for Mary. Mary was the shepherd-lab cross that was poisoned and stabbed to death in Wausau. The marchers were encouraging the Marathon County court system to prosecute 20-year-old Sean Janas to the full extent of the law. Janas allegedly committed the animal cruelty crimes, and made references in her diary about how she enjoyed watching the dog suffer.
One of the people actively making people aware of Mary’s plight is Stacy Cole from WSAU’s sister station, 95.5 WIFC. She says people from around the world are pushing for full prosecution and punishment of the person responsible, and for tougher animal cruelty laws. "We are inundating the Marathon County Courthouse with calls, emails, and letters, from other countries and states as well. People are just stricken with grief over this story. For not even knowing the dog, just the horrific details, they felt like they had to get involved."
The justice system is paying attention. So far, nearly 50 thousand people have signed an online petition seeking the maximum available prosecution and punishment for Janas. Prosecutor Lamont Jacobsen confirms he has received thousands of e-mails asking for the same thing.
Janas was in court during the March for Mary. She waived her right to a preliminary hearing and remains in custody. If convicted, she could spend over five years in prison and $30,000 in fines.
Stacy Cole has followed this story since the beginning. You can find more pictures and links to her blog and Facebook page by going to WIFC.com. You can listen to the entire interview with Stacy by clicking on the application button below the photos.