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UPDATE: Not guilty plea entered for La Crosse woman in dog's death

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

A La Crosse woman stood mute Friday to felony charges of mistreatment of animals and disorderly conduct.

32-year-old Selina Boulton faces felony charges in the death of a basset hound owned by her ex-boyfriend.

Boulton stood mute in court Friday, so the judge entered a not guilty plea on her behalf. Court records show officers found the 13-year-old dog dead in a La Crosse home with its choke collar clinched tightly to its neck and a frying pan nearby.

The dog had fractured ribs, a collapsed lung, and a stab wound.

Boulton will appear again in court in October.

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - A La Crosse woman now faces a felony charge in the death of an aged basset hound owned by her ex-boyfriend.

Selina Boulton was charged in December with two misdemeanors but prosecutors elevated the charges on Friday.

The La Crosse Tribune reports the 32-year-old is now charged with mistreatment of animals, a felony, and disorderly conduct. Her preliminary hearing will be Aug. 15.

Police reports say officers found 13-year-old Jixer dead Nov. 14, its choke collar cinched tightly to its neck and a frying pan nearby.

An autopsy determined Jixer died of asphyxiation/respiratory failure as a result of severe trauma. Court records say the dog had fractured ribs, a collapsed lung and a stab wound.

Boulton had a 0.10 percent blood-alcohol concentration.


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