A 31-year-old Wheaton man will spend the next six months in jail and serve five years of probation for strangling two pit bull puppies while high on drugs.
The defense attorney told the judge Wednesday that James Jones has no recollection of the incident, which happened in June of 2015.
A police vehicle’s dash-camera footage shows Jones holding onto two puppies by the neck. When police demanded the release of the dogs, Jones refused, according to court documents. Officers then tripped him to the ground, forcing him to release one dog. They deployed a Taser, so Jones would release the other pup, but it was ineffective. After several more minutes, and with the help of five officers, the second dog was freed.
Both puppies suffered severe injuries; a civilian performed CPR on one of the pit bulls at the scene. Veterinarians say their survival is a miracle.
Both dogs are now with local families including an officer that was on the scene.
The pups were later reunited by accident at a local dog park.
“When [my husband and I] found out the next morning that they, in fact, did survive, we got permission to go and see them,” said Sarah Martinez, wife of an officer that was on-scene. “From that moment, my dog, Chance, stole my heart, and we knew that he had to be ours.”
Jones is currently serving time for another case involving unlawful possession of a firearm.