Mary, a German Shepherd/Lab mix, was allegedly poisoned for months by her owner’s girlfriend, who kept a diary chronicling her joy at causing Mary extraordinary pain. Sean Janas, the woman in question, has been charged with animal abuse for routinely feeding the dog bleach, drain cleaner, and pills, and may face up to five years in jail. Pages of her diary are some of the key evidence presented in the criminal complaint:
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. The abuse of animals is even more routine in factory farms. Both problems are aided and abetted by federal inaction on animal welfare issues.