Man who amputated dog’s leg with scissors gets 60 days in jail for animal cruelty

John Jenkins
John Jenkins

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A Kahaluu man is going to jail for his treatment of his injured dog.

A jury found John Jenkins guilty of animal cruelty for amputating his dog’s leg with a pair of scissors.

Jenkins says he regrets what happened.

“I will have to live with this for the rest of my life. I loved that dog very much and there is no way that I would have maliciously or intended to harm it,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins tried to set a broken leg. When that failed, he apparently used scissors to perform an amputation.

“I learned from this incident that from now on I will always be careful to not make any mistakes like I did in the past, and immediately find care for my pets,” Jenkins said.

The judge sentenced Jenkins to 60 days in jail. He was also sentenced to one year probation and 200 hours community service. Jenkins is not allowed to own pets during the year.

“Very pleased, very pleased that the courts and the community are starting to realize that animal cruelty. In this particular case, the animal suffered,” Hawaiian Humane Society Director of Operations Keoni Vaughn said.

Jenkins had said he didn’t have money to care for the animal.

“If you do have a pet and you are having some financial troubles and you have an injury like this, veterinarians will work with you,” Vaughn said.

“The most important thing here I think is addressing this problem when it happened may not have cost as much as a week later, not to mention the cost of the animal suffering. But an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” Hawaiian Humane Society veterinarian Aleisha Swartz said.

Jenkins’ attorney says they have 45 days to appeal, but have not decided yet.

The injured dog had to endure another surgery and has been adopted by another family.

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