Stavaas violates probation [UPDATED]Published 11:07am Tuesday, July 23, 2013 Updated 6:49am Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Benjamin Stavaas, the man who slit the throat of his own dog, Star, in June 2010, is back in jail.
Stavaas, 26, of Underwood, was in Otter Tail County District Court Monday for a probation violation. His next court appearance for a probation violation hearing is scheduled for Friday, July 26.
He pleaded guilty to one felony count of overwork/mistreat animals-torture.
He was sentenced Dec. 15, 2011 to 17 months in prison, to be stayed for two years, 365 days in jail and two years of supervised probation.
The conditions of his probation included no alcohol or controlled substance use, no mood-altering chemicals, complete chemical assessment at Lakeland Mental Health Center, and follow the recommendations of the evaluation.
In exchange for the plea, additional counts of felony overwork/mistreat animals-cruelty, gross misdemeanor overwork/mistreat animals-torture, gross misdemeanor overwork/mistreat animals-cruelty, misdemeanor overwork/mistreat animals-torture and misdemeanor overwork/mistreat animals-cruelty were dismissed.