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Woman Accused of Killing Dog Will Go to TrialSubmitted: 10/31/2012
WAUSAU - A judge has ordered a trial for a Wisconsin woman accused of killing her boyfriend's dog.

Twenty-year-old Sean Janas appeared in court Wednesday on charges of felony animal mistreatment and poisoning an animal, a misdemeanor.

Janas waived her right to a preliminary hearing. The judge then found there is enough evidence to send her to trial.

Prosecutors say Janas poisoned her boyfriend's dog, a German shepherd-Labrador mix named Mary, and tortured the animal before the 4-year-old dog died in June.

Protesters gathered outside the courthouse. Many carried signs and brought their dogs to show support for Mary.

Janas' public defender declined comment, saying the case is in the "very preliminary stages."

Janas is scheduled to enter a plea in November. She remains in the Marathon County Jail.

Story By: The Associated Press

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