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Saturday, Aug 28, 2004County: Cass
Defendant/Suspect: Douglas Juras
Case Updates: 1 update(s) available
Douglas Juras, 36, stated he tried for a year to get rid of Momma, the cat, a tabby left with him by a roommate six years ago.
So Juras, who had been drinking at the time, allegedly took a box cutter, held down his cat and cut its throat. The animal eventually broke free and ran under the porch. A neighbor called police after learning Juras had killed the cat.
The cat, cut near the jugular vein but not by an artery, was in shock from blood loss when police got it to the vet's office and had to be put down.
A Fargo city prosecutor charged Juras in municipal court with "cruelty to a dumb animal," an infraction punishable by up to a $500 fine.
|Juras pleaded guilty in Cass County District Court to overworking, mistreating or abandoning an animal. The misdemeanor charge is more serious than the one a city prosecutor first filed in the case.|
Juras was ordered Tuesday to complete 40 hours of community service.He must also serve one year of unsupervised probation and pay $300 in court costs.
Fargo's city prosecutor initially charged Juras with cruelty to an animal, an infraction punishable by up to a $500 fine.
Assistant Cass County State's Attorney Aaron Birst then moved the case into state court, where he charged Juras with the more serious misdemeanor count.
Birst said he amended the charge so Juras has more incentive to successfully complete his probation, because now he'll face up to a year in jail for violations.
|Source: The Forum - Dec 1, 2004|
Update posted on Dec 5, 2004 - 12:43PM
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