By Shereen Skola
WAUSAU— The story of a Wausau woman accused of torturing and killing her boyfriend’s dog has sparked local and national outrage, inspired the creation of a Facebook page in the animal’s memory and prompted a petition calling for harsh penalties in the case.
Sean Janas, 20, is accused of causing the death of 4-year-old Mary, a shepherd-Labrador mix police say belonged to her boyfriend.
According to the criminal complaint, Janas was charged Monday with felony mistreatment and poisoning of an animal after police were given a copy of a diary that contained detailed entries Janas wrote about poisoning Mary with Drano, bleach and pills. She faces more than five years in prison and $30,000 in fines if convicted of all the charges against her.
Sidney Rose, 23, of Tomahawk, said she was sickened when she read the story and posted a link to the news article on her Facebook wall. When dozens of people commented on the link, Rose decided to take action by starting an online petition at Change.org, a social action platform that aims to promote change through social awareness.
The petition, which will be sent to Marathon County Circuit Judge Greg Grau and Marathon County Assistant District Attorney LaMont Jacobson, encourages officials to pursue the maximum penalty for this and every other animal cruelty case in the state.
On the Web: The petition at Change.org
She feed the dog drano and bleach over months then slit Mary's throat. She wrote in her diary about it..