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Published May 17, 2011, 03:34 PM

Animal rights groups attend Minn. dog cruelty case

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Animal rights groups have turned out at a court hearing for a Minnesota man charged with trying to kill his dog. Twenty-four-year-old Benjamin Stavaas (STAH'-vuhs) of Battle Lake appeared in Otter Tail County Court on Monday.

Twenty-four-year-old Benjamin Stavaas (STAH'-vuhs) of Battle Lake appeared in Otter Tail County Court on Monday.

Stavaas is charged with six counts of animal cruelty. He is accused of cutting the throat of a German shepherd mix named Star last June and leaving her to die. The dog survived.

KBRF-AM reports (http://bit.ly/eT4Ktu ) representatives of the Humane Society and other groups attended the hearing. His next= hearing is set for June 13.

Stavaas has not entered a plea yet. He remains in jail, with bail set at $200,000 cash or bond with no conditions or $100,000 with conditions.

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