On May 14th, Vesta the dog was in the backyard at this home in the 3300 block of W. Fulton Boulevard. Out of nowhere, the dog walked in and was gushing blood.
Darin Tsoulos and his girlfriend had no clue what had happened to their pooch until the next day when they checked the surveillance video at their home.
It shows a man running over their dog while mowing the lawn on the other side of the fence in the yard next door.
A few days later, Tsoulos reported the incident to police.
On Thursday, Montey Caston was charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals.
Caston appeared to hit Vesta’s paw while mowing. Even though the dog jumped back and dropped to the ground, the man kept mowing.
Now Vesta’s left paw is wrapped in a hot pink bandage. Almost 2 years old, she’s on painkillers and walking with a limp.
Caston’s mother Rose Burns, who lives down the street, says her son is a dog lover and the incident couldn’t be anything but an accident.
“He said the dog evidently stuck his foot through the fence and he didn’t see it,” said Burns. “He clipped some of his paw, but he didn’t see the dog paw. It was an accident.”
“I know darn well he wouldn’t hurt a dog intentionally,” said Margo Ponche, a neighbor of Caston. “for [Tsoulos] to have him arrested like that….shame on him.”
The dog suffered several fractured bones and the vet bills total $1,800 and counting. Tsoulos says he’s convinced that his dog was injured on purpose.
“Every action has a consequence and his action could’ve cost [Vesta] her life,” said Tsoulos.
Caston is sitting in the Cook County jail with bond set at $75,000. If Caston is convicted, he could face up to 3 years in prison. He’s due in court again next Wednesday.