Des Plaines Man Punched Dog, Charged with Cruelty

The following arrest information was supplied by the Des Plaines Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Des Plaines, IL -- A man was charged with aggravated cruelty after multiple witnesses reported seeing him punch a brown dog in front of his Des Plaines residence on June 7, said on Friday.

A witness reported seeing a man with long white hair in the front yard, pinning a dog on the ground and punching it.


When police arrived they found blood on the porch and front door.

James Robert Wesolaski, 51, answered the door, and police stated Wesolaski appeared intoxicated and acted hostile toward the officers. According to the report, Wesolaski was bleeding from dog bite wounds on his hands and face.

Wesolaski told police he got into a fight with his dog because it ran out the front door, and he said, “I’m done being nice.”

Police placed Wesolaski in handcuffs and took three dogs into custody, including the brown injured dog.

One witness told police, according to the police report, seeing Wesolaski straddling the dog and punching it. The dog yelped, and he picked “the dog up by the scruff of its neck and took it inside.”

Another witness told police, while driving by the scene on Wolf Road, Wesolaski was seen punching the dog “four or five times as hard as he could.”

The three dogs were transported to Northwest Animal Hospital for treatment. An employee of Northwest Animal Hospital, who asked not to be identified, said the injured dog was alive and “doing fine.”

Wesolaski refused treatment.

Police stated employees of the animal hospital reported the dog was seriously injured. It had swollen eyes, which were bleeding from trauma and head injuries. Also, the capillaries in the dog’s eyes were broken, which indicated the dog was choked.

Wesolaski told police, according to the report, he was having a bad day and punched the dog because it escaped the house.

Wesolaski was charged with a felony, aggravated cruelty, and given a court date of June 19.

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Sherdy June 15, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Mary Beth, mercy and compassion are saved for the ones who really deserve it. How does a man, a grown up adult, who hurts something that he can beat the hell out of, yet will still come to him an hour later because of love and loyalty, deserve mercy or compassion? There are way too many people who have suffered unspeakable things. I have a student who was locked in an attic and forced to escape and eat garbage in the cold of night to survive while his mother was more concerned with her lover. He is smart beyond belief, he is kind beyond comprehension, and he is sensitive and gentle to the smallest of things, even spiders. He is 13 and he had chosen a higher ground than the one laid before him before he was taken from his piece of crap mother. I have little sympathy for people who are old enough to make choices and choose to be cruel, inane, criminal and contribute nothing to society. This guy needs to burn in hell for what he did, and whether you believe in hell or you believe in evolution, animals were here first, and that position on our planet deserves respect. Ghandi says that society will be judged by how its animals are treated. Those of you defending this man, think about that for a minute.
tony e June 16, 2012 at 03:50 AM
look in the mirror and back away? wtf is going on in this world? when someone does this to your family member or you yourself, then forgive all you want but don't preach it here buddy.
tony e June 16, 2012 at 03:57 AM
i concur with Cindy and its our right to feel that way Mr Sanchez. You can feel however you want, nobody is telling you how to feel but I'm sure all the domestic violence victims and strong arm robbery victims in the world will be happy to let it slide to score a brownie point with god.
tony e June 16, 2012 at 04:02 AM
i think if i would have been driving past i would have stopped and cracked him on the back of the head with a bat. i'll take my chances in court, or maybe he would forgive me to score a brownie point with god.
tony e June 16, 2012 at 04:11 AM
ok so lets see. 1. Criminal Felony 3/29/2012 2.Criminal Misdemeanor 4/21/2011 3. Criminal Misdemeanor 9/27/2010 4.Driving on a revoked 2/22/2011. yup, you keep on forgiving there buddy.
Becca June 16, 2012 at 06:10 PM
This man is my next door neighbor and this is the third time the cops have come to their house in the past 4 months. The dogs do not belong to him, they belong to one of the women he lives with, who actually cares deeply for them. All of the issues that have happened at that house have been HIS FAULT. I hear him throwing up on the side of the house almost everyday from drinking so much and he continuously screams at everyone and throws things around. This man should never be allowed back into that home, he should be in jail. He has been brought out on a stretcher with blood all over him and IN HANDCUFFS. I can promise you, the dogs have not been the only ones who have been taking his abuse. I saw the dog being taken away by the police, and the poor thing looked like it was on deaths door. I agree that he probably has past issues that cause him to drink and become abusive, but he has never gotten any sort of help, and that's why I have absolutely no sympathy for him. This man deserves to rot.
Jen June 16, 2012 at 09:23 PM
And may he rot in a hot place. I hope the dog is ok but I have no sympathy for the guy. I hate drunks who drink so much they throw up. Whats wrong that they can't get help. AA is everywhere. He is weak and spineless to beat up on anything. Why doesn't he just bang his own brains out? Jen
tony e June 17, 2012 at 09:30 AM
I believe Dennis is just being sarcastic
Wolfman June 17, 2012 at 09:34 AM
so many people out there should not be able to have pets
tony e June 17, 2012 at 09:35 AM
ah I love it. Ashley must be the wife or girlfriend. As for not knowing anything, public records show plenty. People can comment all they want. I guess you are just pissed the media put it out there. There is also a website online that has started a petition to prosecute to the fullest.
tony e June 17, 2012 at 09:52 AM
bob June 17, 2012 at 10:24 AM
next court date is June 19th in Skokie. Everyone should attend.
Jen June 17, 2012 at 02:01 PM
What people do know is that the man abused his dog and there is no excuse for that no matter how bad a day he was having. He needs to get help or get out of the house and stay out. Who would live with a drunk and an animal abuser? Jen
Me June 19, 2012 at 04:32 AM
No asshole tony t ashley is his daughtr.Our father is an alchoholic with bipolar who needs help and has tried to get help. Why dnt you all go rot in hell. U people have some nerve. Yes he has issues and there is no excuse whats so ever for what he has done because of alchohol but that does not give any of you jerks to wish our father to die.obviously none of u were raised with any kind of morals. So u are all happy we will watch our father die in prison not because he killed anyone but for hitting a dog. While all the people out keep abusing,robbing,raping
Me June 19, 2012 at 04:34 AM
He will die in jail.laugh and say more rude hurtful things assholes.your the ones who are the jerks.
bob June 19, 2012 at 04:44 AM
bob June 19, 2012 at 04:48 AM
somehow I fail to see the connection with people robbing, raping, and abusing. well there is the abusing part that is similar. your argument fails to sway anyone. my father was an alcoholic, however he was never arrested and certainly never did anything like this. the way people act when drunk is usually indicative of what type of person they are sober. with the past arrests and having so many issues, its obvious that no type of help is going to work.
bob June 19, 2012 at 04:55 AM
btw, help is available. if people REALLY want it and REALLY want to stop drinking there is help. all too often i see people that do not. You cannot help those that refuse to help themselves. you have no clue what i do or where i work but i can promise you that help is in place. people either want it or dont care. some get admitted and spend all their time trying to get friends to smuggle in liquor or they just cant wait to get out and get drunk. it all depends what the person wants to do. to change or not to change.
Me June 19, 2012 at 04:57 AM
No help is goin to help him its been far too much. What im sayin is instead of sittn on here sayin he should die etc. help people out in the world who still have a chance in life. That are making bad choices makin this world a sucky place to raise our kids. No one sayn our father an angel cuz he not. All I ask is for some respect. He paid for being a drunk. He payn for it now and the rest of his life.
bob June 19, 2012 at 04:58 AM
if you are serious about needing help i can furnish you a long list of places. if you are just talking s*&t then do not waste my time.
bob June 19, 2012 at 05:01 AM
you live in Des Plaines correct, or at least he does. did he ever go to the ER at LGH and say he wanted to detox? did you ever take him there? i'm making serious talk here.
Me June 19, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Ur right on that bob. We will never knw why he wld never stick to the program. All I knw is I hate drugs and alchohol. Thanks to my dad. Cant stand being around it or people who get drunk and act stupid.
bob June 19, 2012 at 05:14 AM
i hav a close friend who is an alcoholic in addition to all i come in contact with at my jobs for the past 8 years. i am helpless to stop him. he does not want help and has been like this for as long as i have known him which is since 1997. i dont think he will live much longer the way he drinks, and yes he has several arrests as well. he has never hurt anyone or an animal. if i had ever witnessed him doing such i would have him put somewhere behind locked doors so fast his head would spin and i think he knows it. if he wants to drink himself to death thats his business and he is a grown man refusing all help but he keeps it to himself and does not harm anyone or anything. i would be afraid if i were you that your dad might someday pull a weapon on someone and kill them or get killed by a cop. if it were me i would be very afraid. with my buddy's situation, if he ever gets to that point that he harms someone or something, i unfortunately will not be able to just sit by and watch. i will see t it that he is removed from the situation.
bob June 19, 2012 at 05:17 AM
and as for comments on here, hurting animals is a very emotional topic. same as hurting children. people (myself included) are quick to say things and get very very emotional. i think i can speak for many on here when i say that we all feel that people that do these things are a danger to society and steps need to be taken.
bob June 19, 2012 at 05:34 AM
if you really are the son and not just BS-ing us all, i would love to keep the chat going. you may not like everything i say but you and your siblings have tough decisions to make, after the court proceedings are over. i am still very angry and upset as all on here about what happened, but i am angry because i feel that at this late stage in the game he should not have been alone in a position to hurt anything or anyone. i have looked at public records and saw that there was a past incident with the police and some apparent resisting arrest and violence or whatever it was. it should not have come to this, period. i read something on here about one of the women he lives with owning the dogs so then she is also to blame. if she knows him and truly cares for her dogs she would not have put them in that position. period. same as with children. detox can be done and they have marvelous drugs to stop the tremors, etc. but you kids need to step in an quite possibly one of you needs to become the POA. that should have been done long ago and i speak from personal experience as well as work related.
bob June 19, 2012 at 05:53 AM
i cannot speak for everyone on here commenting, but believe me i read ALL comments and ALL the articles and did look at public records before commenting. my anger comes from the fact that this is not a new development and obviously something should have been done at some point to prevent this most recent occurance. i personally am not an idiot, at least i think i am fairly smart and i can see through BS so to come on here and jump right in calling people a-holes as you did and defending the suspect as ashley did is not going to fly with me. this is obviously an ongoing problem and i think many people also can see that and that is where alot of anger comes from. people are fed up with alot in the world and unfortunately his actions this time around hit on a hot topic that also made the news. people lose sympathy when its repeated stuff and when its someone refusing help and continuing to be a danger to others at the same time, if you get my drift. this was a horrible thing that occured and is impossible to have forgiven as a first offense let alone from someone who has chronic issues going on with refusal for help. when it gets to this point, when the public is concerned, now you have a riot starting. sorry, just calling it as i see it day to day and also from my own personal feelings.
bob June 19, 2012 at 07:25 AM
this is not an easy thing to kick. you guys need to take over before its too late. there is one particular patient that goes to an ER at least once a month claiming to want to detox. she gets admitted and then refuses to continue. recently she got admitted and went to a room and just 2 hrs later, got dressed and said she was leaving to go get drunk and take her own pills at home. time and time again i see people fail at it but one thing i notice is that they have no family and/or friends around that care to help. this particular lady is motivated by her desire for IV pain meds but she has no desire to ever stop drinking as she plots to have people sneak stuff to her. but anyway, get deeply involved and get a POA and start making the tough decisions that he has been unable to make up to this point. a good facility can get him through the tough part.
carrie July 03, 2012 at 05:36 PM
i think everyone should shut up n mind there own business. thats my father n has been violant his whole life. he needs serious mental help. this always happens when he drinks. good job dad look at all these fucks writting stuff about u. wats it gna take for u to stop drinking. i forgive u but u need jesus NO JOKE
carrie July 03, 2012 at 05:42 PM
i dnt think he should die in jail but i also dnt think he should be let out untill he finishes somekind of something
Dogsarenotequaltohumans September 25, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Its just a dog you it should not have ran away if it didnt want to ger punched bunch of softies


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