MARSHFIELD (WKOW) -- A Marshfield man is accused of killing his dog by breaking its neck, and then sending a photograph of its body to a relative.
A criminal complaint was filed Friday against Michael Loftus. It charges the 27-year-old with mistreating an animal and causing its death.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of 1 1/2 years in prison.
Loftus was walking his dog November 27. Court documents quote him as acknowledging to investigators that he broke the dog's neck and left it in a wooded area. Prosecutors say he also acknowledged taking a picture of the body and sending it to a family member.
The court document doesn't list an alleged motive.
Online court records didn't list a defense attorney for Loftus on Friday.
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