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Portage Co. man accused of stabbing mother's dog

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WAOW) - A Stevens Point man is accused of stabbing his mother's dog multiple times and throwing its body away in the woods in December, according to Portage County court records.

Todd Boaz, 35, is charged with two felonies, including mistreating an animal.

Boaz's son told investigators he thought his dad would try to kill the dog since Boaz thought it was suffering because it always scratched itself, according to court documents.

Police say the dog was a Boston Terrier named Lucky.

Boaz told investigators he was talking to his son about "killing time," records show.

“Todd started that he was either going to kill himself or kill his mother's dog, one of them had to die,” court records showed. These records go onto say that Boaz admitted to killing the dog by stabbing it multiple times.

Boaz is also charged with causing mental harm to a child. Prosecutors say Boaz subjected his son to “bizarre behavior, drug induced activity, homelessness, manipulative actions and the killing of the dog the child lived with resulting in mental harm.”

Boaz could face 16 years in prison if he is convicted of all the charges.

His attorney declined to comment at a court appearance Monday. He is currently in jail on a $2,500 bond.

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