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Man, 35, pleads insanity in dog-killing case

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) – A Stevens Point man accused of fatally stabbing his mother's dog and discarding it in the woods pleaded insanity Tuesday.

Todd Boaz, 35, is charged with two felonies – mistreating an animal and causing mental harm to a child.
The criminal complaint said Boaz admitted to killing the dog – a Boston Terrier named Lucky – on Dec. 19 by stabbing it multiple times.

On Tuesday, Portage County Circuit Judge John Finn ruled prosecutors presented enough evidence during a preliminary hearing to justify the charges. Boaz pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, according to online court records.

Boaz's son told investigators that he believed his dad would try to kill the dog because Boaz thought it was suffering because it always scratched itself, the complaint said.

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.”

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