Juneau man admits to shock collar abuse of beagle

A Juneau man will have to perform 80 hours of community service after admitting he left an electronic shock collar in the “on” position for two and half years on his dog.

Robert R. Petersen said the collar was only taken off his beagle, named Ares, to change the batteries. The collar was activated anytime the dog wandered into an area of the house secured by an electronic fence – intended for outdoor use.

Petersen pleaded guilty to animal cruelty Wednesday. Prosecutors said the dog had eight wounds on its neck, two of which were red and swollen.

The dog was found wandering last summer, and a microchip led authorities to Petersen.

Authorities said Ares has been adopted by another family and is doing better.

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