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Caught On Camera: Cruel Couple Throw Pet Dog Repeatedly Into Ocean

Couple throws dog into ocean.

A couple were caught on camera repeatedly throwing their pet dog into the sea, a court heard.

John Nesbitt, 62, and Linda Jones, 51, hurled their four year old terrier dog called Jess into the sea from a slipway at Exmouth, Devon.

Jess narrowly avoided injury as she plunged head first towards the concrete just below the surface of the sea. The little dog twisted in the air as she flew towards the seas. She was thrown in at least four times.

The court heard that the couple were photographed by an eye witness.

Jones and Nesbitt, both from Exmouth, Devon, were convicted of a charge of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal. The couple claimed they were just trying to keep their pet cool during a hot day in April.

Prosecutor Clifford Howard told Exeter magistrates court that an eye witness ‘was on Exmouth docks taking some pictures and witnessed the incident – and his photos were shown to the court. Police arrested the pair and interviewed them.’

Prosecutor Clifford Howard said: ‘Both of them accepted that the dog called Jess was thrown into the sea by them. However they claimed they were cooling her down because she was hot.’

Mr Howard said beneath the water was a concrete slipway but said the couple would not know how shallow the water was at the point and where the solid concrete was under the sea.

The prosecutor said the first photos showed Mr Nesbitt throwing Jess into the water after holding her in his arms. The second batch showed Jones holding her before launching her into the sea from shoulder height and the dog ‘hitting the water’.

Mr Howard said Jess would have been in danger of hitting the concrete base of the slipway. Mr Clews said: ‘The male picked up the dog and chucked it into the sea. It went into the sea and got back out. Then the woman picked it up and she chucked it in the sea. I saw the dog hit the water.’

Jones told the magistrates: ‘I am so angry. I know the sea like the back of my hand. I just want my baby back.’ Jones told police in her interview: ‘I did not throw the dog in the water, Mr Nesbitt did. I could not have thrown her into the sea, I couldn’t pick her up, she is too heavy to throw into the sea.

‘She was just going in for a swim – to wetten her.’ But later she admitted: ‘I did throw her into the sea’ but said she ‘plopped’ her in. Four year old Jess was unhurt but a vet said she could have been as she twisted face first into the shallow water. Jones said: ‘All my dogs go into the sea. The water was clear, it was not dangerous. It was a lovely hot day in April. I would gladly do it again.

‘Whoosh, she goes to the bottom and up she comes. She is 18 inches tall and shakes herself off. She swims out of the sea – doggy paddles. It wasn’t that shallow, the tide was coming in.’

Nesbitt said they both threw her in twice and Nesbitt said Jess flew a ‘few feet’ in the air into the sea. He called them ‘little dips in the sea’. The black and tan terrier has not been allowed back with them since their arrest in May.

Defence lawyer Jeremy Tricks did not call either defendant to give evidence. He said: ‘Linda Jones handling of the dog was foolish.’

But he argued that the did not cause Jess unnecessary suffering and that dogs are ‘resilient animals’.

Exeter magistrates convicted them after hearing from vet David Cooper that Jess could have suffered injuries to her spine, legs and jaw after twisting and plunging into the sea.

The magistrates said the pair should have known their actions could have caused the dog suffering. The Crown want a life ban on them keeping animals and an order depriving them of Jess. Jess is still in boarding RSPCA kennels. Sentence was adjourned until next month.

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Abshid2
Abshid2
9 years ago

The dog was hot?  Yet these people are wearing heavy coats?!!!

skg
skg
9 years ago
Reply to  Abshid2

that was my first thought too!  horrible monsters!!

Lola Angel
Lola Angel
9 years ago
Reply to  Abshid2

my thoughts exactly !  those people look like its really cold.  Then I see how the cement is right there in plain view and how high she tossed the poor pup, instant cranial damage, broken back, broken legs etc.  Those two should never be allowed to own a dog or cat as they are on the top of the list of STUPID, UNRESPONSIBLE, LOW LIFES!  I hope and pray that little dog gets a new forever home asap.  As for those idiots, I hope they pay a heafty fine, some time in jail and community service cleaning kennels at dog shelters.  They would fit right in with the S*hit !

Beth Mich
9 years ago
Reply to  Abshid2

Yea that is what I noticed too right away.. They should never get Ness back or any other dog.

Corey Meddaugh
9 years ago
Reply to  Abshid2

They should take the couples coats off and throw them into the ocean. then lock them up in wet clothes and leave them there.

Drindafluge
Drindafluge
9 years ago

What is wrong with people !!!

Drindafluge
Drindafluge
9 years ago

What is wrong with people !!!

Brian Crook
9 years ago

cant believe this bull they say it was a hot day look at th guy wearing a hevy jacket and she wearing a sweater they should not be allowed to have pets

Brian Crook
9 years ago

cant believe this bull they say it was a hot day look at th guy wearing a hevy jacket and she wearing a sweater they should not be allowed to have pets

Pamela Hannan
9 years ago

rotten bastards should rot in jail

Penny Collier
9 years ago

OMG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT HORRIBLE PEOPLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If i was there and saw that i would have went right up to them and took that precious little Jess away from them but not before i called the police and turned them in… I HOPE they get what they deserve….

Virginia Spear
9 years ago

People like this should get the same
treatment & should never 2 B aloud 2 have any pets just they should not B able 2 have kids

Paws75
Paws75
9 years ago

The dog is hot and they are dressed in winter clothes?? She is tossing the dog where she can obviously see cement under her feet?   This torture was video taped. Who knows what else they are doing to the dog? These people are unstable and do not understand the concept of caring for a living creature. The judge needs to hand them a rock and wish them well in caring for it. I hope people will create an outcry so that dog is not returned to them. The poor thing will be tortured to death–Those people are both cruel and incredibly stupid.

Benji K
Benji K
9 years ago

I hope they are thrown into the ocean repeatly and see how the like it..They are Jerks, I can say worse but I wont. I hope the dog is okay and in a safe place now.

Loves Dogs
Loves Dogs
9 years ago

It is cruel & inhumane treatment of an animal at the hands of monsters without a consideration that an animal has feelings. Hope they never are allowed to have an animal again…..should have to spend some jail time.                          

        

Vicki
Vicki
9 years ago

A couple of nut cases! Thank God someone taped it! I hope they aren’t allowed to ever own another animal!

Cindy in Sooke
Cindy in Sooke
9 years ago

indeed these people are obviously mentally ill. Who in their right mind would do such a thing?? The woman claimed in the quoted text of this arcticle that it was NOT her who threw the dog but her partner yet this photo show her clearly hurling the dog not out but up into the air with such force over solid cement that the poor animal is writhing. It sickens me and I surely hope that they are banned from ever owning a pet again and that poor Jess gets a new safe furever home where she can feel safe and loved. She deserves no less. i’d like to have these people suffer the same pain they put their dog through. 

Cindy in Sooke
Cindy in Sooke
9 years ago

indeed these people are obviously mentally ill. Who in their right mind would do such a thing?? The woman claimed in the quoted text of this arcticle that it was NOT her who threw the dog but her partner yet this photo show her clearly hurling the dog not out but up into the air with such force over solid cement that the poor animal is writhing. It sickens me and I surely hope that they are banned from ever owning a pet again and that poor Jess gets a new safe furever home where she can feel safe and loved. She deserves no less. i’d like to have these people suffer the same pain they put their dog through. 

Jackie L Homrighous-Johnson

grrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!  A clear case of cruelty!!   Hope I never get my hands on them.  They’d stand a better chance in prison!!

Jackie L Homrighous-Johnson

grrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!  A clear case of cruelty!!   Hope I never get my hands on them.  They’d stand a better chance in prison!!

carolyn
carolyn
9 years ago

all i have to say is they should throw them into the ocean with bricks chained to their necks!

carolyn
carolyn
9 years ago

all i have to say is they should throw them into the ocean with bricks chained to their necks!

Donsioclemente
Donsioclemente
9 years ago

those two are cruel!animals are not waste to thrown just like what they did..we have to give love to animals…

Angelhimm
Angelhimm
9 years ago

Those so called pet owners thought their dog was a bag of trash…..
Yeah it was hot out, thats why the owner is wearing a jacket with a fur trimmed collar.
Some people should be shot and p*ssed on!!

Laura
Laura
9 years ago

It looks really cruel how they threw the dog in the first place!! It looks like they were trying to get rid of her!!! She could have twisted her neck or worse!!! 

Kathy
Kathy
9 years ago

I’ll take Jess anytime. Give him to me and she will have a happy home for life..No throwing dogs in oceans to keep them cool. Just a nice kiddie pool where he can run and jump in if he wants to. God will take care of those 2 when their time comes. Like a hot fire in hell where they will be thrown in to.

Alison
Alison
9 years ago

I really get upset when I read this shit. She is 51yrs old, there is no excuse!!!! I am 50 and and realize all they want is love, that is all they ask for. It has me wondering how the poor the dog lives, and where? Do they feed him properly and take him to the vet??? I honestly feel sick over this, why don’t they tell us where they live,and what Country, I would think nothing about paying them a visit. Being 50 does not mean your old and not in good shape, so be warned people there are many like me.

David Alexander
9 years ago

I say, just fling these folks into the ocean (on the same cement boat ramp) until they get it. Humans are resilient!

Scootnbrin
Scootnbrin
9 years ago

Stupid and mean…. they should be sterilized. We definately don’t need any of their dna floating about in the gene-pool.

Scootnbrin
Scootnbrin
9 years ago

Stupid and mean…. they should be sterilized. We definately don’t need any of their dna floating about in the gene-pool.

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