WAUSAU, Wis. - 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.
According to the criminal complaint, Janas kept a diary with entries describing her intense hatred for Mary. Police said the diary also detailed the abuse Janas inflicted on the dog, which included forcing Mary to drink bleach and Drano during the course of several months.
Janas faces more than five years in prison and $30,000 in fines if convicted of all charges, and remained jailed this morning on a $2,500 cash bond. At the request of Moran, those attending the hearing were required to walk through metal detectors, and Marathon County Sheriff's deputies searched briefcases and handbags.
A line of protesters circled the courthouse before and after the court hearing in support of Mary, and drivers blew horns as cars passed the demonstrators.
Some who marched carried signs, and many took their dogs to the demonstration. Kelli Obremski, 42, of Mosinee took her dog, a 1-year-old boxer named Parker. And Obremski's two sons, Ben, 13, and Tanner, 15, took the morning off school to participate.
"We don't have tough enough laws that protect animals, and I believe vets should have to report any suspected abuse, just like they would in a child," Obremski said. "If (Janas) killed man's best friend, she should get the maximum penalty possible. If the abuse had been reported, I have to wonder if that dog could have been saved."
Obremski said she and her sons plan to demonstrate at future court appearances, as well.
"We'll come to every appearance we can," Obremski said. "It's that important."