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Marshfield man charged with breaking dog's neck

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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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