(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Allegations are that on Thursday, January 30th, 2020 a woman was at her boyfriend’s house and that her boyfriend woke up and started playing video games. The male was being very loud while doing this to the point the woman was woken up.
She had asked him why he was awake and why he was being so loud. This apparently angered the man who then started yelling at the woman, shouting “get the fuck out of my house!”. The woman told police that the man then had pushed her to the back of the residence, where a brutal assault was about to unfold.
The woman was then punched to the face with a closed fist. She was then kicked to the back and the side of her face. The woman then desperately cried out for help at which point the male grabbed her by the hair and slammed her head into a door frame. At this point, the males’ 120-pound dog, which is a Sheppard/Mastiff mix, then attacked her, mauling her. Both of her arms sustained injuries from the dog biting her.
The woman says that her now ex-boyfriend was encouraging the dog to continue the attack on her.
Soon after the woman made her way to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre where she obtained medical attention. Officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service arrived and investigated the situation. As a result of that investigation, 25-year-old Jesse Lemay has been arrested and charged in relation to these allegations. Lemay was picked up by police and transported to the Thunder Bay Police Service headquarters located at 1200 Balmoral Street where he was held pending a court appearance.
Appearing in a Thunder Bay Courthouse courtroom on January 31st, 2020 via video link while in police custody at TBPS headquarters is 25-year-old Jesse Lemay. Presiding over court matters was Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio along with Crown Attorney Brachen and a duty counsel representative. Lemay is facing the following charges which stem from the incident noted above:
- Criminal negligence (encouraging a dog to maul a woman).
Lemay is granted release from police custody during the hearing without a surety but has promised to pay $500 if he breaches any of the following conditions:
- Not to contact the alleged victim.
- Not to be within 100 metres of anywhere the woman lives/works/goes to school or otherwise frequents.
- Not to posses any weapons.
- Reside at his home in the 300 block of Grenville Avenue.
- Not to possess any animals.
Sources indicate that the dog in question has been taken into custody by animal services. Lemay is released from the TBPS headquarters and is scheduled to appear back in court on February 25th, 2020 to begin answering to the charges before him. None of the allegations have been proven in a court of law.