Wausau woman accused of poisoning, torturing dog reaches deal
MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -- A Wausau woman, accused of torturing and killing her boyfriend's dog, pleaded guilty to mistreating and poisoning an animal in Marathon County Court Tuesday. Sentencing has been scheduled for March 17.
Prosecutors say Sean Janas, 21, kept a diary about torturing the dog and about her "intense hatred" for it. Among the allegations against Janas is that she poured Drano and bleach down the dog's throat and stabbed it with a knife, according to the criminal complaint. Authorities say she tortured and poisoned Mary the dog, killing it in 2012.
Janas' arrest and media reports of what happened to Mary sparked much attention. Hundreds of protesters, some with dogs, marched outside the Marathon County Courthouse in October 2012 during a hearing for Janas. Prosecutors say while this is a step in the right direction, it's not over yet. "The end will be March 17th, that's sentencing. I don't know if it will be really the end for a lot of people who were really touched by this case but I hope it's the beginning of some awareness," said Marathon County Deputy District Attorney Theresa Wetzsteon.
A third charge of obstructing an officer was dismissed as part of the deal. Prosecutors say it will be read in and considered in sentencing.
"This has been a very difficult case for dog owners around the world I would say. It has obviously touched the heart of those dog owners. That's why it's so important she plead guilty today, I'm very pleased with that guilty plea," said Wetzsteon.
Janas' defense attorney declined to comment until after sentencing.
Prosecutors say they will seek the maximum penalty at sentencing. That penalty is set by the legislature. It holds a maximum punishment of 1.5 years behind bars along with 2 year probation.