Woman accused of beating Misty the dog pleads no contest

Woman accused of beating Misty the dog pleads no contest


The Columbia County woman accused of beating her dog, Misty, and leaving her for dead pleaded no contest in court Monday.

Terri Benson, 56, of Pardeeville, pleaded no contest to felony mistreatment of an animal. As part of the plea deal, her lesser charges were dropped, but will be read in at sentencing.

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.

Brenda Vesely, Misty’s foster mom, told News 3 she is happy with the plea and is hopeful that Benson will get the maximum sentence, which will send a message to other animal abusers.

“That if you harm an animal, abuse or neglect, those are issues that need to be taken seriously in the state of Wisconsin and no more light sentencing,” Vesely said.

A sentencing date has not yet been set.

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