Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Jake's Owner Was Acquitted Of Animal Cruelty Charges; Here Are The Videos The Cops And Court Saw

Aging dog Jake sat in an alley unable to move for nearly six minutes.
See the videos HERE and HERE. Must be 18+ to view.

One day last summer, David McClintock heard noises in the alley behind the Uptown apartment he’s called home for 14 years.

“I looked over the railing and saw [a man] give his dog a swift kick. Like he was kicking a soccer ball,” he said.

That’s when McClintock grabbed his phone and started recording.

For six long minutes, an elderly, crippled dog named “Jake” sat in the alley, unable to move. (See video #1 here.)

The dog’s owner, Anthony Mazur, eventually returned with his other pet, Oakley, near the end of the first video.

A second video shows Mazur dragging Jake for about five feet by his collar. Later, after cleaning up Jake’s mess, Mazur again grabs the aging dog by his collar and flings him down a five-step staircase to his basement apartment.

Jake's owner eventually returned and flung Jake onto a staircase.
Last Wednesday, Cook County Judge Anthony Calabrese found Mazur not guilty on charges of animal cruelty and failure to fulfill ownership duties.

“The judge didn’t like having the case in his courtroom,” McClintock said. “That’s what he told the State’s Attorney.”

McClintock provided the videos to CWBChicago so our readers can see what he saw on that sad day in July.

“The police did everything right. I did everything right,” McClintock said.

For his part, Mazur told police that he kicked Jake because Mazur was recovering from a medical condition and was "sad to lose the dog….There’s no excuse,” according to court records.

He “admitted to kicking his elderly dog because the dog couldn’t do the things it used to do such as walk and move,” a police officer said in their report.

Jake was put to sleep over the summer. Oakley was returned to Mazur by court order in October.

Private Meeting

Judge Calabrese’s trial findings speak for themselves. Not guilty is not guilty.

But the conduct of another judge at the Belmont and Western courthouse should surely raise eyebrows.

McClintock said that he was taking his own dog to the vet on November 7 when Mazur came at him “fists in the air.” He said Mazur told him, “my cousin is coming to kill you, faggot.”

“I drove to the police station [at 850 West Addison] immediately” and filed a report, McClintock said.

Mazur has never been arrested and has never been charged with the assault that McClintock alleges took place.

But McClintock did seek an order of protection as he was a witness in the animal case that was pending against Mazur at the time.

A little over a week before last Wednesday’s animal cruelty trial, McClintock received a phone call.

It was an assistant for a judge at Belmont and Western. The judge wanted to meet with McClintock.

Called into a private meeting in the chambers of Cook County Judge Marvin Luckman, “I thought it was about the dog case,” McClintock said.

It wasn’t.

With his husband at his side, McClintock listened in amazement as Luckman began lecturing him about his request for an order of protection.

“The court systems are very tied up,” McClintock remembered Luckman saying. “I hope you won’t pursue this.”

McClintock and his husband stood up and walked out.

Once again, he said, the cops had done their part. But the court and state’s attorney had not.

It’s strange that a judge would find the court system too “tied up” to handle McClintock’s request through the normal channels—but not too tied up to have a private off-the-record meeting. But, this is Cook County. Strange seems to be the norm around here.