Petition Rejects Man’s Plea Deal In Dog Torture

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — An online petition by animal rights activists is asking a Grand Junction judge to reject probation and impose a harsh sentence against a man who tortured and killed a dog.

Joseph Nelson, 18, pleaded guilty April 19 to aggravated cruelty to animals, in exchange for a deal calling for a probation sentence. 

He was arrested last November after his mother’s 20-pound mixed-breed dog, DeMayo, was found by a passer-by hanging from a pedestrian bridge over the Colorado River, reported the Daily Sentinel.The dog’s internal organs were cut out and an eyeball was missing, according to his arrest affidavit.

The petition, by a group called Hands 4Paws, asks Mesa County District Judge Richard Gurley to impose the maximum penalty allowed by law.

“We also request that (Nelson) not be allowed around companion animals for a minimum of five years and that he has successfully completed anger management counseling,” the petition said.

As of Monday morning, 2,974 people had signed the petition circulating on Change.org.

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger declined to comment on criticism of the plea agreement in Nelson’s case, saying prosecutors will explain their position at sentencing.

Nelson’s mother said her son was a methamphetamine user and she didn’t know where he’d been living, the affidavit said. She told investigators she wanted to file charges against her son for killing her dog.

According to the arrest affidavit, a witness said Nelson had become angry and started hitting the dog.

The witness said Nelson put DeMayo on a leash and began swinging him around by the neck a dozen times, hitting the dog’s head into the ground, the affidavit said. Nelson was also accused of kicking the dog repeatedly.

The witness said he believed the dog was dead at that point, because he couldn’t see it moving or breathing.

The witness told police that he was severely upset by Nelson’s brutality, but when he tried to intervene, Nelson attacked him, too, the affidavit said. The witness left the home, saying the last thing he saw was Nelson walking north from the house, dragging DeMayo along the ground.

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Teen Admits Killing, Mutilating Mom’s Dog

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. 

 A Grand Junction teenager accused of mutilating his mother’s dog and hanging its carcass from a bridge over the Colorado River has pleaded guilty to aggravated animal cruelty.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported that Joseph Nelson, 18, struck a plea deal Thursday that calls for him to receive probation.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 22. He was arrested in November in the in the brutal killing of DeMayo, a 20-pound, mixed-breed dog that was found hanging by its leash from the bridge on Aug. 15, 2011, KJCT reported.

The dog’s internal organs were cut out and an eyeball was missing, police said. The teen’s mother, Kathy Nelson, had reported her dog missing and brought a picture into animal control. Police saw that it was the dog left hanging from the bridge. Police quickly connected the woman’s last name with her son, because officers had a suspicious contact with the teen a day before the dead dog was found.

Enraged Teen Swung Dog By Leash

Police interviewed a man who was with Joseph Nelson during the earlier contact. The man said he and Nelson had been drinking that evening at Nelson’s home and the teen became very angry, grabbing DeMayo and hitting the dog, according to an arrest affidavit cited by KJCT.

The witness said Nelson put DeMayo on a leash and began swinging him around by the neck a dozen times, hitting the dog’s head into the ground, the affidavit said. Nelson was also accused of kicking the dog repeatedly.

The witness said he believed the dog was dead at that point, because he couldn’t see it moving or breathing. The witness told police that he was severely upset by Nelson’s brutality, but when he tried to intervene, Nelson attacked him, too, the affidavit said. The witness left the home, saying the last thing he saw was Nelson walking north from the house, dragging DeMayo along the ground.

Mom Wanted Son Charged

Kathy Nelson told police her son was a methamphetamine user and she didn’t know where he’d been living, the affidavit said. She told investigators she wanted to file charges against her son for killing her dog.

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