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Authorities: Battle Lake dog owner slit animal's throat in fit of rage

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A 23-year-old Battle Lake, Minn., man faces animal cruelty charges after telling investigators he slit his dog's throat in a fit of rage because she wasn't trainable.


Benjamin James Stavaas is charged in Otter Tail District Court with leaving the German shepherd mix for dead around June 15.

Court records say:

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at or (701) 580-6890.