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Marshfield man charged with breaking dog's neck

  • Associated Press
  • January 11, 2014 - 4:05 AM

MARSHFIELD, Wis. — A Marshfield man is accused of killing his dog by breaking its neck, and then sending a photograph of its body to a relative.

A criminal complaint was filed Friday against Michael G. Loftus. It charges the 27-year-old with mistreating an animal and causing its death.

A WSAW-TV report (http://bit.ly/1cVgiwW ) says the charge carries a maximum penalty of 1½ years in prison.

Loftus was walking his dog Nov. 27. Court documents quote him as acknowledging to investigators that he broke the dog's neck and left it in a wooded area. Prosecutors say he also acknowledged taking a picture of the body and sending it to a family member.

The court document doesn't list an alleged motive.

Online court records didn't list a defense attorney for Loftus on Friday.

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