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A woman accused in a disturbing animal abuse case has pleaded not guilty.
Sean Janas, 20, entered the plea during her arraignment hearing in Marathon County court Monday. She remains in the jail with her bond set at $2,500 awaiting her next court appearance. The prosecution and defense are now trying to work on scheduling a pretrial conference.
Janas is accused of poisoning and stabbing her boyfriend's dog last summer. The dog named Mary died in June.
While Janas appeared inside a courtroom a group of protestors, some with their dogs, gathered outside the courthouse. This is the second time the protestors have during a court hearing for Janas. The protestors have called on prosecutors to seek the maximum penalties against Janas, if she is convicted. She faces 5 years in prison and more than $30,000 in fines.
Meanwhile,a law named in honor of the dog gained and lost some ground Monday.
A Wausau city council member tells Newsline 9 the Town of Wausau has signed on to "Mary's Law" and approved higher fees to license pets.
The money would help pay for two new full-time animal control officers in Marathon County.
But not all towns are on board. The Village of Kronenwetter has voted not to take part in the program.
Still, supporters of the law say they hope to have enough money and support from Marathon County communities to hire the officers by next summer
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