UPDATE: Wisconsin woman gets prison in dog-torture death

UPDATED Monday, March 17, 2014 --- 11:22 p.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- A 22-year-old woman has been sentenced to prison for fatally torturing a dog belonging to her former boyfriend.

Sean Janas was sentenced Monday to 1 1/2 years in prison followed by nine months in jail and two years extended supervision on felony animal mistreatment charges.

Daily Herald Media reports Janas was given credit for 447 days served and will spend 100 days in prison before she is transferred back to Marathon County to begin her jail term.

Before sentencing, Judge Greg Grau read excerpts from Janas' diary that detailed the abuse Janas inflicted on the 4-year-old German shepherd-Labrador mix named Mary. The dog died in 2012 after being repeatedly stabbed, beaten and poisoned with Drano and bleach.

Janas apologized in court and said her addiction to heroin destroyed her life.

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UPDATED Tuesday, March 4, 2014 --- 5:00 p.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- A 21-year-old Wausau woman has pleaded guilty to fatally torturing a dog belonging to her former boyfriend.

Sean Janas pleaded guilty in Marathon County to mistreating an animal resulting in death and intentionally poisoning an animal.

Janas entered a plea deal Tuesday with prosecutors. As part of the deal, charges of obstructing an officer will be dismissed as well as an unrelated theft case from Washington County.

Prosecutors say Janas poured bleach and Drano down the throat of a German shepherd-Labrador mix named Mary who died in June 2012.

Prosecutors also say Janas kept a diary detailing how she hated the dog and saying she hoped it died.

Assistant District Attorney Theresa Wetzsteon tells WSAW-TV prosecutors will seek the maximum punishment when Janas is sentenced March 17.

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UPDATED Monday, December 3, 2012 --- 6:33 p.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin woman has pleaded not guilty to charges she tortured and killed her boyfriend's dog.

Twenty-year-old Sean Janas of Wausau entered her plea Monday in Marathon County court.

WAOW-TV reports a group of protesters, some with their dogs, gathered outside the courthouse during Janas' appearance. The protesters have called on prosecutors to seek the maximum penalties against Janas, if she is convicted.

Prosecutors say Janas poisoned her boyfriend's dog, a German shepherd-Labrador mix named Mary, and tortured the animal before the 4-year-old dog died in June.

Janas remains in jail with bond set at $2,500.

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Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 --- 6:24p.m.

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- A Wausau woman is charged with animal abuse in the death of her boyfriend's dog.

Marathon County prosecutors have charged 20-year-old Sean Janas with felony animal mistreatment and poisoning an animal, a misdemeanor.

According to the criminal complaint, Janas allegedly wrote diary entries about abusing her boyfriend's 4-year-old German shepherd-Labrador mix.

Assistant District Attorney Lamont Jacobson tells WAOW-TV (http://bit.ly/RxqFP3 ) that according to the diary Janas kept, "it appears she took joy in abusing the animal."

Investigators say the dog, named Mary, died in June.

Janas was in jail Tuesday on a $2,500 cash bond. She is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing Oct. 31. Online court records did not list a defense attorney.


Information from: WAOW-TV, http://www.waow.com

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