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Published July 07, 2010, 03:48 PM

Arrest made in connection with dog left for dead

Battle Lake, Minn. (WDAY TV) - New details to a story we brought you about a dog whose throat was slit and left for dead. A suspect has been named and charges have been filed.

A 23-year old Battle Lake man faces a long list of charges after he is accused of animal torture and cruelty. Benjamin James Stavass faces two Felony counts of animal cruelty and torture also 4 misdemeanor charges.

Stavass was not arrested but a summons to appear in court was issued by the Otter Tail County Sheriff. "Star," this German Sheppard mix, had its throat cut and was brought to the humane society after a farmer found it.

"Star" survived the emergency surgery to save her life, and is now in foster care awaiting adoption. Authorities say the crime was horrific and senseless.

“We deal with a few animal cruelty cases, but usually those are neglect and starvation type cases but nothing like this.”

Stavaass faces 18-thousand dollars in fines and more than 6-years in jail as the maximum penalty if convicted on all six charges. His trial is scheduled for July 26th in Otter tail County.