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Case ID: 19926
Classification: Mutilation/Torture
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Judge(s): Donald Panarese Jr

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

County: Cook

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Montey Caston

Montey Caston remains in Cook County Jail in Chicago on Monday and is scheduled for a court appearance on Wednesday in front of Cook County Judge Donald Panarese Jr. for allegedly running over the paw of one of a neighbor's Neapolitan mastiff dog on purpose. The egregious deed was caught on a surveillance video at the W. Fulton Boulevard residence in East Garfield Park.

According to DNAinfo Chicago, Darin Tsoulos, the owner of the two dogs named Vesta and Janus was shocked on the evening of May 14 when Vesta limped into the house covered in blood. The dog was rushed to an emergency veterinarian's office where Vesta underwent surgery for two fractured bones in her paw.

A few days later Tsoulos checked his surveillance video and observed the two dogs happily running in their backyard which is separated from his neighbor's yard by a wrought-iron fence. Caston, 52, a local handyman, is shown mowing the lawn. When Vesta pushes her paw underneath the fence, Caston approaches the dog and keeps on mowing; the dog suddenly dropped down and in a few moments retreated-obviously limping. Janus, her litter mate, then followed Vesta around the yard.

Tsoulos thinks Caston ran over his dog's paw on purpose. A neighbor and relative defended Caston and stated he is an animal lover. According to, Caston's mother-in-law stated he didn't see the dog's paw and ran it over by accident.

Vesta's medical expenses have been $1,800 thus far.

If found guilty of felony animal cruelty, Caston faces the maximum of three years in prison.


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