Woman accused of beating Misty the dog sentenced to probation, 120 days in jail

PORTAGE, Wis. - The Columbia County woman accused of beating her dog, Misty, and leaving her for dead was sentenced Monday to jail time and probation.

Terri Benson, of Pardeeville, pleaded no contest in February to felony mistreatment of an animal. As part of the plea deal, her lesser charges were dropped, but will be read in at sentencing.

On Monday, Benson was sentenced to three years’ probation and 120 days in jail with Huber. She also cannot own or possess any animals for the next five years and has to complete 80 hours of community service.

Benson is accused of hitting Misty on the head three or four times with a hammer and leaving her to die. Misty was found nearly dead in a duffel bag in rural Columbia County.

Misty's vet said the dog suffered several deep wounds that required 19 staples. Misty died in October.

Benson has to report to jail June 30 to serve the 120 days.

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