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Authorities: Battle Lake dog owner slit animal's throat in fit of rage

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A 23-year-old Battle Lake man faces animal cruelty charges after telling investigators he slit his dog's throat in a fit of rage because she wasn't trainable.

Benjamin James Stavaas is charged in Otter Tail District Court with leaving the German shepherd mix for dead around June 15.

Court records say:

Stavaas initially told an Otter Tail County sheriff's deputy that he slit the dog's throat after she was hit by a car to end her suffering.

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