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Case ID: 4000
Classification: Beating
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Wednesday, Mar 2, 2005

County: Huron

Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: Christopher Allen Jones

Case Updates: 2 update(s) available

Fairfield Police arrested a local resident in connection with a dog beating that occurred on March 2 in the city's Village Green. Christopher Allen Jones, 18, of 6554 East River Road, was picked up shortly after the incident, which happened on a woodsy hill behind a Village Green subdivision.

According to police reports, Jones was arrested on Southgate Boulevard near Sherry Lane after an acquaintance contacted police about the situation. He was subsequently charged with cruelty to animals, a second-degree misdemeanor. If convicted, Jones could face up to 90 days in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Jones will appear before Fairfield Municipal Court Judge Joyce Campbell on Tuesday.

At approximately 5:40 p.m. March 2, Village Green resident Andrea Hatten said she observed a boy rustling around on the hill behind her property. Minutes later, Hatten saw the boy emerge, glance in her direction and walked away suspiciously.

When Hatten and her brother ventured into the woods, they found a 4-month-old pit bull mix leaning up against a fallen tree. He was covered in blood with labored breathing but still alive, Hatten said.

When officers arrived, Hatten's brother assisted in wrapping the dog up in towels and taking him to the Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital.

Later named "Jager," the dog sustained a broken orbital bone, hip and jaw, according to veterinarian Bob Wolterman, who operated on Jager's broken bones last Monday morning. The dog is expected to make a full - albeit slow - recovery.

Last week, Hatten said she set up an account at the Kroger-based Fifth Third bank to help pay for any bills should they arise. The Jager Care Fund is available for anyone wishing to donate to the dog's recovery.

The Fairfield Police Department is also collecting money.


Case Updates

Jones has pleaded no contest to a number of charges. Last month a Fairfield judge denied bond to Christopher Jones who was accused of killing a puppy, beating another one and threatening his girlfriend.

On Tuesday Jones plead no contest to aggravated menacing, domestic violence, animal cruelty and drug abuse charges.

Jones is scheduled to be sentenced next week.
Source: WCPO - April 5, 2005
Update posted on Apr 8, 2005 - 10:07PM 
The Fairfield resident who allegedly beat a pit bull puppy and left him for dead in the woods behind Village Green was sent back to jail Thursday because he was considered a threat to his former girlfriend and her family.

Fairfield Municipal Court Judge Joyce Campbell Thursday morning said she will review a recent psychological evaluation of Christopher A. Jones, 18, of 6554 E. River Road, to determine if he should be set free while criminal charges are pending.

Jones is charged with two counts of cruelty to animals and several other crimes. In addition to the 4-month-old puppy that was discovered by residents of the Village Green on March 2, Jones also allegedly killed another dog on Jan. 6, according to Fairfield Police Department records.

Fairfield resident Courtney Jackson stood next to her former boyfriend in court Thursday and pleaded with the judge for her safety.

"I just want him to stay away from me," said a visibly shaken Jackson. "Far away."

On Wednesday, acting judge Michael Weisbrod decided to revoke bond for Jones because prosecutors said he had repeatedly threatened the life of Jackson, and was "dangerous" to the community.

Campbell said she would review Jones' evaluation and make a decision about how to proceed next week. Prosecutors decided to hear both charges of cruelty to animals on March 30. However, Campbell is expected to take a vacation that week.

In the meantime, Campbell honored Jackson's request for Jones to stay away from her.

"You are to have no contact with this alleged victim or her family," Campbell said to Jones. "That means no sky writing, no smoke signals, nothing."

In his defense, Jones said he had no intention of contacting Jackson.

In that Jan. 6 incident, according to police reports, Jones allegedly grew upset when the dog attempted to relieve himself inside his home.

Jones then allegedly grabbed the dog by the throat and choked him to death. Later that day, officers "went out behind the residence into the wood line and located the puppy's lifeless body," according to police records.

Also on Jan. 6, police charged Jones with aggravated menacing and domestic violence for allegedly threatening his mother and girlfriend, and drug abuse for allegedly possessing marijuana.

In the incident on March 2, at approximately 5:40 p.m., Village Green resident Andrea Hatten said she observed a boy - later found to be Jones, according to police records - rustling around on the woodsy hill behind her property. Minutes later, Hatten saw the boy emerge, glance in her direction and walk away suspiciously.

Hatten decided to venture into the woods. At the end of a trail of blood, she found a 4-month-old brown puppy. He was barely breathing and fighting for his life, Hatten said.

Hatten and others assisted the Fairfield Police Department in removing the dog from the woods and taking him to the Mt. Pleasant Animal Hospital. There, the dog - now known as "Denver" - received surgery for a broken leg, broken jaw and broken orbital bone.

As of Wednesday, Denver was still recovering, and veterinarians found his other leg to be broken. Denver will have surgery on the leg Friday, Hatten said.

Both charges of cruelty to animals are expected to be heard on one day later this month, court documents stated. Jones could face up to 13 months in jail and $17,000 in fines if convicted on all charges.

Since the story of the March 2 incident first broke in the Fairfield Echo, concern has come from people across the country in the form of letters and money, Hatten said.

As of Wednesday, there was more than $1,600 in a Fifth Third bank account set up to pay for Denver's medical bills and subsequent care, Hatten said. Some of the donations were as high as $100 to $200.
Source: Fairfield Echo - March 17, 2005
Update posted on Mar 21, 2005 - 9:56AM 

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