Man Arrested For Public Beating Of His Dog
GAINESVILLE - We are learning about the long-awaited break in the investigation into the identity of the man accused of nearly beating a dog to death in front of children.
Jonathan Vesely was arrested in connection with the attack of a dog named Mercy. What led to the arrest? A tip from Mercy's former owner.
Back in September we first brought you Mercy's story, one of horrible abuse and no leads to who did it. In November we let you know how she was finally adopted and adapting to her new home. Now we get a closer look at how this crime was finally solved.
If dogs could talk then I wonder what Mercy, would say-- Mercy is a one year old lab mix that was brutally beaten in public this past September.
Children witnessed the abuse and helped rescue Mercy, she was happily adopted by her foster parent on Thanksgiving. But what's even more compelling is that with some police work, the community offering rewards and a little attention from the media, an arrest was made in the case.
Mercy's new owner, CJ Hall is happy to know that justice will be served. "Honestly I really didn't have high expectations for the case... A lot of these just go unsolved and just kind of slide under the rug," Hall said. But not this time-- Jonathan Vesely confessed to the crime Wednesday.
Lt. Robert Koehler part of Gainesville Police Department’s Special Operations said, Vesely slapped the dog on the face, even took the collar off and used that as a weapon. "He said that the dog was basically ungovernable, very difficult to manage and basically caused him to snap that one day and he inflicted a lot of injury upon the dog... I mean the broken ribs, the fractured skull, the puncture to the torso," Koehler added.
He also admitted this wasn't the first time he treated her this way. "He stated that he had abused the dog the day before, he had hit the dog over the head with a lamp and that was part of the reasons for the injuries to its skull," Koehler said.
What led to his arrest was a tip from Mercy's former owner who gave the dog away to Vesely's girlfriend through Craigslist. Vesely is being charged with a felony on animal cruelty. "She doesn't seem to have any retained memory based on her behavior, but i wouldn't want her to trigger any bad emotions or anything... But if for the sake of the case if she needed to be present for any of the hearings, then we would certainly make that a possibility," Hall said.
West End Animal Hospital and Dr. Mikel a local neurologist are expected to provide the former owner with a $1,000 reward. PETA’s $5,000 reward depends on the conviction of the suspect.
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