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Digston December 4th, 2011 02:06 PM

Hanging GF's dog was "Tough Love"

On Oct. 20, 2010, Jesse John McLeod got drunk and had a fight with his girlfriend in the small town of Biggar, west of Saskatoon.

He went home, put her dog in his truck, drove 10 or 15 minutes out of town on a country road, and used a piece of rope to hang her beloved pet from a tree branch in a wooded area.

Testifying in provincial court earlier this year, the 29-year-old said he used “a proper slip knot” and did it “just like the old western movies.”

McLeod left the dog hanging there in the bushes, dead. He did not tell his girlfriend what he had done. She put up posters and searched for her missing pet until the dog was found, still hanging from the tree, 11 days later.

“The accused says that he hung the dog because it was aggressive. He had not agreed to his girlfriend bringing the dog home in the first place, and referred to his actions as a display of ‘tough love,’ ” Judge Violet Meekma noted in a recent written decision.

McLeod pleaded guilty to a criminal charge of animal cruelty at a court appearance in February, when the Crown and defence requested a pre-sentence report and psychological assessment.

However, before he could be sentenced, he fired his defence lawyer, hired a new one, and applied to have the guilty plea expunged, claiming he had not understood that he was pleading guilty to causing the dog unnecessary pain, suffering, or injury — only that he had killed the dog by hanging it.

At an expungement hearing earlier this year, McLeod testified that “from personal experience of being choked himself when he was 13 years old and carrying a little cousin around while hanging onto his neck, you don’t really feel anything, you just feel a little bit of pressure in your head and black out,” Meekma wrote.

“He also referred to the experience of having a slip knot around his own neck and when asked, ‘You don’t really know how much suffering you caused the animal, do you?’, he responded, ‘I do. It takes about five seconds and everything goes black and you get scared and you pull your weight up off that rope.’ ”

Unnecessary pain and suffering for the animal were the natural consequences of McLeod strangling it, the judge noted in refusing to expunge his plea.

“Choking it to death in this manner was cruel, inhumane and unnecessary, even were the dog becoming aggressive and euthanasia justified. But the evidence suggests a more sinister motive on the part of the accused, that of punishing his girlfriend in a manner which he describes as ‘tough love,’ ” Meekma wrote.

“The circumstances here go further than recklessness. They support evil intention.”

McLeod is still awaiting sentencing. His next court appearance is Dec. 7.


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chico2 December 4th, 2011 04:20 PM

OMG,it just seems to be getting worse,this moron should be lynched:evil:

BenMax December 4th, 2011 06:05 PM

Tough love ehhh. Well then I have a few 'touch love' items in my goodie bag for this freak. And I will only take a few seconds...

pbpatti December 4th, 2011 06:08 PM

yup my goody bag has all sorts of tough love ideas too. please make this person pay. patti

Shaykeija December 4th, 2011 08:16 PM

Hmmm I am thinking nuts and a nail gun...

Melinda December 5th, 2011 06:42 AM

and a rusty razor.......I hope they throw the book at him!!

Goldfields December 5th, 2011 07:00 PM

While it makes me feel sick, and wishing I had some time alone with this guy, it's a faster death than a guy here caused, he tied a Wolfhound to a tree in the bush to die. And die it did of course, it had a choker on I believe. Poor dog was bred by a friend of mine. And like history repeating itself, our great nephew and his wife just made news in our local paper yesterday for rescuing a Wolfhound cross tied to a tree near the river, fortunately they were down there walking their two dogs and came accross it. So, mongrels are everywhere, and I don't mean the dogs! Here, if they want to get rid of a dog, they can just call the Ranger and he'd pick the dog up free of charge , no questions asked, so I hope someone recognises this dog and dobs them in.

Love4himies December 6th, 2011 06:56 AM

:eek: This man is dangerous and shouldn't be allowed around children or any other animals. What a sadistic ba$tard. He has absolutely no remorse and should be removed from society.

Dog Dancer December 7th, 2011 10:25 AM

What a sad excuse for a human. Really I'm at a loss for words that I could put here. RIP sweet pup.

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