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A Minneapolis woman was found guilty Friday of breaking into an acquaintance’s home and killing her dog.
 
A Hennepin County jury convicted 25-year-old Elizabeth Osterbauer on two counts of second-degree burglary, and one count each of mistreating/torturing an animal and stalking, according to a news release issued Monday by the Hennepin County attorney’s office.
 
Osterbauer will be sentenced Dec. 13. She also faces animal cruelty charges in Rice County.
 
“We are pleased with the jury’s verdict and we hope similar justice is handed out in Rice County,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in the news release. “Ms. Osterbauer was fixated on our victim and terrorized her by breaking into the home twice. Equally appalling, she stole a pet and tortured it to death in order to cause our victim even more pain.”
 
In 2015 and 2016, Osterbauer broke into the Minneapolis home of a woman she met through a dog rescue agency, according to a criminal complaint filed in August. Osterbauer had romantic feelings for the woman, but they were not returned, the complaint said.
 
“She just got obsessed with me,” the victim told the Pioneer Press in 2016. “She’s crazy.”
 
During the first break-in, Osterbauer stole one of the woman’s dogs — a 3-year-old miniature pinscher named Ducky Momo — drove it to a marsh and stomped it to death before throwing it into the water. During the second break-in, Osterbauer spread cat litter all over the woman’s house — including the toilet, which overflowed into the bathroom, kitchen and living room.
 
In December 2016, a woman identified in court documents by the initials “MMJ” gave a recording to police in which she admitted to being present during the first break-in and to witnessing Osterbauer kill the dog, the complaint said.
 
Under Minnesota sentencing guidelines, Osterbauer will likely receive three years of probation and several months in the Hennepin County workhouse, the county attorney’s news release said.
 
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Children have uncontrolled impulses and they act on them.

Parents and society impose discipline and the children learn to control those impulses when they learn that there is a cost to doing whatever you want, whenever you want.

The contemporary culture of: I'm my child's best friend, my child is exceptional, everybody gets  a trophy, no expectations in school have extended childhood into what should be adulthood.

Thus, we have 20 and 30-year-olds acting like impetuous children, acting on whatever impulse strikes them at the moment, many copies of behavior they have seen on television or in the movies, simply because they can and they have learned that there is no cost.

They get what they want, when they want and no one dare say no.

 

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