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Hawaii man sentenced to jail for snipping dog leg

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:32 p.m. HST, Aug 09, 2013

A man who says he used scissors to amputate his dog's injured leg has been sentenced to a year of probation and 60 days in jail.

The Honolulu prosecutor's office says a jury found 54-year-old John Jenkins guilty of animal cruelty. The judge who sentenced him today also ordered him not to own any pets during his probation.

Jenkins says he didn't mean to harm the Chihuahua-Pomeranian mix named Volcano Dog. He says he fashioned a splint using a Popsicle stick when a heavy-set friend accidentally stepped on the dog's leg last year.

Jenkins says the dog chewed through the splint and chewed his paw. So Jenkins used a pair of scissors to amputate the injured limb.

He says he regrets his "self-veterinarian antics."

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Anonymous wrote:
He should have just took it to a vet that would have charged him $5000 for the same service and avoid all the hassle. Or better yet, get a real dog next time instead of a rat on a leash.
on August 9,2013 | 03:02PM
toad103410 wrote:
Your comments are cruel and heartless. Do you own an animal?
on August 9,2013 | 03:58PM
hanalei395 wrote:
In jail. And ONLY 60 days. It's too bad it wasn't prison. No doubt, there are a lot of animal lovers in prison. They probably wouldn't have snipped off his ......, but maybe he would have been slapped him around for 60 days. Hopefully, Karma will get this a......., because, all dogs go to heaven.
on August 9,2013 | 05:48PM
Grimbold wrote:
I wonder how the government even found out he did it.
on August 9,2013 | 04:09PM
IAmSane wrote:
пошел на хуй сука.
on August 9,2013 | 08:41PM
CriticalReader wrote:
What should the guy have done? He couldn't afford the vet services. If he'd just let the dog's leg go unattended and become infected or worse, would he have been convicted of cruelty in that situation? Is there an option for pet owners in this situation? Do you HAVE to spend your last dollar to get vet services on an injured pet? If he turned it into the Humane Society, is there a possibility it would have been put to sleep if no one adopted or claimed it? Maybe accused of abusing the animal because it showed up with a broken leg? If you assume doing nothing could have led to life threatening infection, or the dog gnawing off its own leg, didn't the guy actually prolong life? Beware pet owners. You could be facing serious debt or jail due to your pet. Apparently the obligation is now that you HAVE to spend money on a vet (don't use your independent judgment over this property of yours). Maybe the Humane Society should use some of that $2.5 million it's getting from the City to provide free vet services for people who can't afford regular vet services.
on August 9,2013 | 03:17PM
kiragirl wrote:
Key word is responsibility. To owe a pet, one must be responsible for the pet's well-being. If unable to, don't get a pet. Simple.
on August 9,2013 | 03:22PM
Anonymous wrote:
Too bad the same isn't enforced about having babies.
on August 9,2013 | 03:53PM
kiragirl wrote:
Hmmm. To owe a pet/have a child, must be responsible for the let's/child's well-being. If cannot, don't have a pet/babies.
on August 9,2013 | 06:27PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Time for Obamanimalcare. Cuz, if you don't have it, you don't just pay more taxes, you might end up in jail.
on August 9,2013 | 04:01PM
Heinbear wrote:
I agree..you should not own a pet if you cannot pay for it's medical care. I think the same about kids.. But we enable these people.. maybe we should add pets to Quest!
on August 9,2013 | 04:17PM
jess wrote:
There are a few low cost animal clinics around, but you have to do your research before you bring in your pet because once services are given you are obligated to pay. In a way I agree with you, but as an avid animal lover I feel really bad for that dog.
on August 9,2013 | 03:38PM
kiragirl wrote:
Happy ending. This dog was adopted so is in loving and caring hands.
on August 9,2013 | 03:52PM
primo1 wrote:
Where in the article does it say the guy couldn't afford a vet? IF that was the case (the article never states that), then by all means turn the poor dog into the Humane Society. If the dog needs to be put down, so be it. Better than having it suffer at the hands of a fool like this. Also I don't think most people would use the word "property" to describe their pet...livestock maybe, but not a pet.
on August 9,2013 | 03:54PM
CriticalReader wrote:
This is a link to the KGMB website article. It talks about his financial conundrum. I added a space between the last two letters of the link so it wouldn't get sent for approval. Close the space to paste the link into your browser: http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/story/23078983/man-accused-of-amputating-dogs-leg-on-trial-for-animal-cruelt y
on August 9,2013 | 04:53PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Also, don't splint your animal's leg if you think it's broken. Spend bucks on a vet or give it to the Humane Society. According to the Humane Society vet, to do so is animal abuse because the pain is excrutiating. Which brings to mind my sadist (I guess) Orthopedic Surgeon, who put me in a walking cast once. The pain was excrutiating.
on August 9,2013 | 04:57PM
Mahalo wrote:
Critical Reader... Yes, the option would have been to surrender the pet. Let HHS provide it with the care the dog needed and find it a home that can afford. Pet ownership is a privilage not a right as you suggest by saying that HHS should provide free vet service. Pets are expensive and they do have real live emergencies and you need to plan for those emergency or surrender the pet and have them care for it.
on August 9,2013 | 04:00PM
CriticalReader wrote:
If that's an option, everyone should know about it and it should be well publicized. This guy had other options. Let the leg rot. Let the animal die. Euthenize the animal himself. He was obviously trying to keep the dog alive or at least solve a problem, because he certainly could have just let the dog gnaw off it's leg, One question I have is how this case came to the attention of authorities. My guess is that he tried to do what he did, and, as the articles indicate, was disappointed or worried or horrified or whatever to see that it didn't work. Did he then seek vet care and get caught in a net or reported? Was he plucked off the street while walking the dog? In any event, it doesn't seem like he was trying to hide the animal. And, it sure seems like his biggest problem is that he didn't do a good job of amputating so the leg got worse. What if he'd been successful. I've seen a lot of dogs with one leg missing. If I see that, should I call the cops so they can verify whether a vet did it or not? Bottom line, though, sounds like the soundest approach is that if your animal gets injured, and you can emotionally detach, give it up to the Humane Society. Seems like there are lots of others out there to be had.
on August 9,2013 | 04:16PM
katana77 wrote:
Imagine if we put away the murderers, thieves, and other cretins in society like the sentence for this guy.
on August 9,2013 | 03:51PM
RichardCory wrote:
Really? You want a murderer to just get 60 days jail and 1 year probation? Okay, sure, buddy.
on August 9,2013 | 04:12PM
Mahalo wrote:
Chicken $hit judge should have given him the 1 year and send a message.. 60 days nothing!
on August 9,2013 | 03:53PM
Shawn211 wrote:
Well Jenkins was just born 'stupid" he can't help it. I hate to think if he has kids what he how he must have help them??? And to "CrticalReader" Your just as stupid????
on August 9,2013 | 04:01PM
RichardCory wrote:
"Your just as stupid" Oh, the irony. It's so delicious. I want to have more, but I'm afraid it burns too much.
on August 9,2013 | 04:13PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Why? Because I say people ought to be aware and consider the fact that having an injured animal could wind them up in prison? Because I think there's something incongruous about putting a person who was trying to address an animal's injury, however misguided or unexpert, in jail? I get it if the intent was to mutilate for fun. I get it if there was cruel indifference. But, to the extent there was mutilation, the reports say the guy did it because the dog was already gnawing off the leg. And, to me, cruel indifference wouldn't have been to try and save the dog, It would have been to unceremoniously kill it. But, the biggest point in all of this is that people simply should not risk keeping an animal that is injured unless they have the resources to get vet care first, and ask questions later. They should immediately turn the animal into the Humane Society. The risk for not doing that is jail. .
on August 9,2013 | 04:24PM
Grimbold wrote:
Dogs are more important than people. When you knock someone silly you usually have to file charges or else no prosecutor will persue it. Besides: Our government wants control every aspect of our lifes. It is crazy that we are not allowed to euthanize our own dogs , or operate on them. I once cut my goldfish's eye out for medical reason- he survived. Animal rights radicals would probably want me in jail for that too.
on August 9,2013 | 04:07PM
primo1 wrote:
Sounds like you shouldn't be allowed to own any pets either.
on August 9,2013 | 04:13PM
patk wrote:
Sentence: cut off one of his fingers with scissors. No anesthesia. See how he likes it.
on August 9,2013 | 05:21PM
Anonymous wrote:
No kidding, patk! And, what about those savage declawing of cats, and cropping of dogs ears and tails, and NEUTERING?!? The one that really gets me is when dogs in particular are made to wait all day to do their business if their owners are at work. Condo dwellers who regularly leave their homes for work longer than 8 hours at a stretch should categorically be prohibited from owning dogs unless they permit the dogs to do their business within the condo. At least single family home dwellers can let the dogs out in the yard. How'd anyone like to have their fingers snipped off at the ends so there is no nail just to protect FURNITURE. And, who would want their ears cut up without their permission just to attain a certain look the "owner" likes. And the neutering. Diabolical. Especially because so often it's done to affect behavior. Make someone wait in a locked room for 8 hours or more and don't let them go to the bathroom or having their nose rubbed in whatever they make. See how someone would like THAT! People have to think be fore they go mutilating animals, or forcing them into artificial biological rhythms (or excrutiating pain - as we all know occurs when you gotta go bad but can't). or value animal body parts over inanimate and NON-LIVING Furniture fabric and paint finishes.
on August 9,2013 | 06:57PM
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