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Animal abuse trial could be delayed


The trial of a Wausau woman accused of torturing and killing her boyfriend's dog could get pushed back.

Sean Janas, 21, is charged with two felony counts of animal abuse. Authorities say she tortured, poisoned and killed her boyfriend's Labrador-Shepherd last year.

The trial was supposed to start next month. But Monday the Marathon County deputy district attorney asked for a new date due to scheduling conflicts. The judge is expected to rule on that Thursday.

Also in court, the judge ruled a diary Janas kept detailing her relationship with the dog will be allowed at trial. Prosecutors say Janas kept a diary about systematically torturing the dog and about her "intense hatred" for it.

Among the allegations against Janas is she poured Drano and bleach down the dog's throat and stabbed it with a knife, according to the criminal complaint.

The trial is expected to last four days.

Janas' arrest and media reports of what happened to her boyfriend's dog sparked much attention. Hundreds of protesters, some with dogs, marched outside the Marathon County Courthouse in October 2012 during a hearing for Janas.

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