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Published July 25, 2010, 09:55 AM

Animal rights activists demand maximum punishment for severe animal cruelty case

Fergus Falls, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Animal rights activists plan a protest in Fergus Falls tomorrow morning for the dog that had her throat slashed twice. The dog's owner, 23 year old Benjamin Stavaas, of Battle Lake, is charged with six animal cruelty charges.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

The dog's owner, 23 year old Benjamin Stavaas, of Battle Lake, is charged with six animal cruelty charges.

He faces prison time and a fine. Stavaas will be in Otter Tail County court tomorrow. We first told you about Star last month.

The 1-year old German Shepherd mix was left wounded in the wild for one week. She's recovering. Picketers and their dogs will be outside the courthouse at 8:15 to demand the maximum punishment.

Meantime, more than one thousand people have signed an online petition for a stiffer sentence. The Facebook page is called "Justice for Star in Minnesota".

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