LA CROSSE, Wis. — A La Crosse woman broke into her ex-boyfriend's house last month and tortured his aged basset hound until it died, prosecutors said this week.
Selina Boulton, 32, was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor counts of mistreating an animal and disorderly conduct, the La Crosse Tribune reported.
Prosecutors say Boulton killed 13-year-old Jixer on Nov. 14 after arguing with her ex-boyfriend.
Online court records didn't list a defense attorney for her Thursday.
Police found the dog dead on the floor, its choke collar cinched tightly around its neck and a frying pan nearby. Court records said the dog also had fractured ribs, a collapsed lung and a cut consistent with a stab wound.
Boulton told investigators the dog bit her when she entered the house, which she denied breaking into. She also said the dog was four years past its life expectancy and that "an animal has more rights than I do."
The ex-boyfriend wrote a letter asking prosecutors to drop all charges. He said he believed the dog died of a heart attack induced when it saw Boulton climb inside through a window.
"She didn't kill my dog," he wrote.