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-- A La Crosse woman now faces a felony charge in the death of an aged basset
hound owned by her ex-boyfriend.

Selina Boulton was
charged in December with two misdemeanors but prosecutors elevated the charges
on Friday.

The La Crosse Tribune
reports (http://bit.ly/1vqrb9v ) the 32-year-old is now charged with
mistreatment of animals, a felony, and disorderly conduct. Her preliminary
hearing will be Aug. 15.

Police reports say
officers found 13-year-old Jixer dead Nov. 14, its choke collar cinched tightly
to its neck and a frying pan nearby.

An autopsy determined
Jixer died of asphyxiation/respiratory failure as a result of severe trauma.
Court records say the dog had fractured ribs, a collapsed lung and a stab

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La Crosse woman now faces felony in dog's death

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