As a dog lover, rescue supporter and pit bull advocate, I’ve seen too many tales of just how horrible humans can be to canines. Humans bred this animals to be companions, hunters, guardians of the home and children. They want nothing more than to be in the company of their human pack.

But when I read about this story, my heart sank.

Marathon County prosecutors have charged a 20-year old Wausau woman with animal abuse charges. Sean D. Janas is being held in the Marathon County jail on a $2,500 cash bond. Her next court appearance is a preliminary hearing scheduled for October 31. At that hearing, a judge will determine if there is enough evidence to send to send Janas to trial.

Marathon County Assistant District Attorney Lamont Jacobson calls the case one of the most disturbing cases of animal abuse he has seen in his career, “It is just disturbing that someone could to this to an animal, and according to the diary she kept,  it appears she took joy in abusing the animal.”

…Officers who have seen the diary quoted it as further saying, “But the pleasure I get from watching her whimper in pain and cry out for help as I shove drano and bleach down her throat is like no other.”

…If convicted on the charges,  Janas faces more than five years behind bars and $30,000 in fines.

A portion of the complaint:

The dog, named Mary (a page for her is now on Facebook), died a horrible death in June. Think Progress reported more excerpts of the sick sh*t in Janas’s diary:

I need to find a way to kill her without it looking like I killed her. I’ve done lots of things already. I’ve given her drano bleach & a lot of pain pills lol one night she got all tweaked out because of it, it was so funny. I beat the living shit out of her a few days ago & shes got a huge like sack on her head and she won’t stop puking on everything. So imma give her more pills & hopefully that dumb bitch dies. Because Steve thinks she ate something outside & that’s why shes sick. …

I just wanna beat her till she fucking dies. Which I mean I have beat her I mean. I tell you I don’t care how long it takes I’m just gonna keep feeding her pills & shit till she croaks because shes already sick & we don’t have any money to take her to the vet so hopefully she just dies so I don’t have to ever see her dumb ass again. I have never hated an animal so much in my life, much less hate one or beat one. But the pleasure I get from watching her whimper in pain & cry out for help as I shove drano & bleach down her throat is like no other.

The brutality of Janas’ actions has galvanized a petition campaign asking the Marathon County District Attorney to seek the maximum punishment allowable by the law in question. Brutal abuse of dogs and other pets is sadly common around the United States, in part because several states have very weak legal mechanisms for prosecuting animal abuse.

What kind of sociopath does this? And would you want her anywhere near human children?

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding