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Des Plaines Man Sentenced in Dog Beating Case

A Des Plaines man is sentenced to 30 months in jail and is barred from owning another dog for at least 20 years after he admitted to punching and beating his small dog.

The Chicago Tribune reported that James Robert Wesolaski, a 51-year old Des Plaines resident, pinned his small dog to the ground outside of his home and punched the dog several times as hard as he could. A passerby saw the incident and called police to the scene.

When they arrived, police found the Lhasa Apso named Teddy with swollen, bleeding eyes and broken capilaries, indicating that the poor dog had been choked. Wesolaski told officers that he was “having a bad day,” and beat his dog for running off.

Judge Lauren Edidin told Wesolaski that his 20-year ban on having a pet is “a very serious part of this agreement.” The judge also advised Wesolaski to get anger management counseling and treatment for alcohol abuse.

Teddy has now made a full recovery and is enjoying a better life in a new home along with two other dogs removed from Wesolaski’s care (or lack thereof).

We report on cases of animal abuse every week, and are normally appalled at the lack of punishment for animal abusers. It’s a nice change to see a judge take a strong stand when sentencing this man. At 51-years old, we’re hoping his 20 year ban from dog ownership means Wesolaski will never own another dog again. It’s a big step in the right direction when compared to the 3 year ban on dog ownership given to Michael Vick.

What are your thoughts? Do you think his sentence was harsh enough? Too harsh?




  1. Jon Levine

    May 3, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I could only commend the passer-by for having the restraint to call the police. If it was me who was just passing by watching the incident, well, I’d be the one behind bars and Mr. Wesolaski would be six feet under.


    Jan 26, 2013 at 3:50 pm


  3. Maris

    Oct 27, 2012 at 2:58 am

    I hope this scumbag dies before the 20 year period. He doesn’t deserve to walk this earth.

  4. Johnna bingaman

    Sep 3, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Ohhhh good when I have a bad day I would really love to come to your house, you piece of shit. You are a no good low life bastard.

  5. Becky Kirchner

    Aug 29, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Can’t begin to imagine why the dog would run off! Takes a REAL man to beat and berate another living thing. Hope he’s a real man in jail and gets his.

  6. tkl

    Aug 29, 2012 at 11:22 am

    I don’t think just 30 months is enough! Am glad thoughthat he dime and bravo to people who called the police to the scene! Am thrilled the little pooch is recovered! I guess that man has a lot of bad days ahead of him! Serves him right asshole!

  7. Patricia Shank

    Aug 11, 2012 at 1:31 am

    Again, I can never understand how somone could be so low as to take a tempertandrum out on an innocent animals! Seems like it’s in the media more and more these days. They stiffer punshiment & higher fines & jail time starting now!

    • Minnie Spencer

      Aug 12, 2012 at 2:10 am

      I think the sentence wasn’t long enough and like someone else said, what if he has a bad day with his or someone elses child? He’ll do the same thing to a person as he did to that poor dog. He should have gotten a lot more jail time and banned from ever owning ANY animals for life!!!

  8. carolyn hamilton

    Aug 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    If michael Vick were a plummer, and not a football player, he too would probably get a stiffer sentence. He did 20 times more abuse to many dogs and should have recieved a much stiffer sentence. These people are scary!!!! The man who beat his little dog might beat his little child if he had a bad day!!

  9. Marcy Lehman

    Aug 10, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    This so touches my heart as I have a 6 1/2 year old Lhasa-maybe somebody should be and choke the former owner after having a bad day-he should be banned from never owning a dog again-

  10. Pat O'Hanlon

    Aug 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    The sentence was not too harsh. 2 1/2 years? OK. And this man should NEVER own any pet again! Let’s hear it for him having LOTS MORE “bad days”.

  11. sally sockol

    Aug 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    He should never never be able to own another dog, he’s a sick dude.

  12. Susan

    Aug 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    It’s about time….Justice for the innocent furbabies at last!!!

  13. Melissa Mckeith

    Aug 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    NOW, If we could get a judge to rule that Michael Vick can’t own another dog! That would be SOMETHING!

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