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Stavaas sentenced for slicing dog's throat

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A 24-year-old Underwood man accused of slitting his own dog's throat will likely serve less than an additional week in jail and will be on supervised probation for two years on a conviction for felony animal mistreatment.

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In a case that drew the attention of area animal supporters, authorities had accused Benjamin Stavaas of cutting the throat of Star, a German shepherd mix, in June 2010. He told officers he was angry at the dog for running after a car, court records alleged.

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