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posted: 1/23/2014 5:14 PM

Probation for Elk Grove man who fatally stabbed family dog

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An Elk Grove Village man charged with fatally stabbing his family's dog pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and was sentenced to probation, court records show.

Andrew J. Maynard, 19, was sentenced to 24 months probation and ordered to participate in mental health monitoring in exchange for his guilty plea to aggravated cruelty to an animal, a class 4 felony. Court records also show Maynard was ordered to pay $639 in fines.

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The stabbing occurred in Audubon Park on April 21, 2013, but prosecutors didn't charge Maynard until witnesses came forward several months later, police said.

Maynard believed the dog was possessed, published reports indicated.

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