Chicago attorney Jerald Jeske, 51, believed that his wife loved her two Chihuahuas more than she loved him. One could certainly understand why she would feel that way after he then proceeded to throw both dogs off their balcony. According to WGN-TV in Chicago reported, one was killed and one survived long enough to run off (and has not been found).
According to Heavy.com, the dog’s are owned by Jerry Jeske’s 55-year-old wife. According to her Facebook page, she and Jeske were engaged in October 2016. While arguing in their car, Jeske said “You love those dogs more than you love me. … I’m going to kill those dogs.” He then grabbed her keys and ran into the apartment. To her horror, she watched as he threw the dogs off the balcony. A 14-year-old Chihuahua named “Flo” survived the fall but ran off.
What is strange is that Jeske is facing one count of aggravated cruelty to animals in the death of the 16-year-old Chihuahua. The facts would seem to warrant at least two such counts.
510 ILCS 70/3.02: Aggravated Cruelty is defined as: “intentionally commit an act that causes a companion animal to suffer serious injury or death.” That would cover both dogs. If convicted he faces 1 to 3 years in state prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Of course, there is also the matter of his law license. Aggravated animal cruelty is a Class 4 felony in Illinois, according to state law.
Jerry Jeske is an in-house attorney with the Swiss-based commodity trading company Mercuria Energy Trading, a job that he is unlikely to be able to continue. He is listed as vice president at Mercuria and is a chief compliance officer. He previously worked as a director of commodities compliance at Barclays Capital and as compliance counsel at BP America Inc. WOR operations. He also practiced at the large firm Foley & Lardner. He is a graduate of Chicago Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Wisconsin as an undergraduate.
He was also scheduled to speak at a conference, Energy Risk USA, in May 2019, which seems equally unlikely even if he secures his freedom. There certainly is something about throwing pets off balconies that does not sit well with most human beings.