#TheList Jon-Luc McLoughlin, born 30/07/1992, of Lagland Court, Poole BH15 1RS – punched and kicked his German Shepherd puppy to death in a fit of rage
McLoughlin subjected 11-month-old rescue dog Lexi, whom he had only owned for a month, to a barbaric beating. When the pet died, he attempted to cover his tracks by leaving her body in the woods near his home where she was found by a group of schoolchildren.
The death was reported to the RSPCA, who led the prosecution against McLoughlin.
In court, McLoughlin admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
The court heard that a post-mortem carried out on Lexi’s body found she had suffered ‘blunt force trauma’, including a laceration to her liver.
She also had blood in her abdomen and a stomach tear.
During a police interview, McLoughlin initially tried to put the injuries down to a road traffic collision.
However, he later confessed to the killing, telling officers: “I get very angry and I don’t know what came over me.”
Matthew Knight, prosecuting, said: “He punched or kicked the dog to death and dumped the body in some trees near his home.
“It was found by locals and upset local children who saw it.
“She had a laceration to her liver, blood in her abdomen and a stomach tear.
“It is likely that the dog did not survive for long.”
James Moore, mitigating for McLoughlin, said the defendant was under “significant stress” as he was acting as a carer for his ill father at the time of the incident.
“This episode of blind rage is where stress has got the better of him,” Moore said.
“This is not just some violent thug who thinks it is okay to treat his own pet poorly.”
McLoughlin’s sentencing hearing was attended by around 25 animal rights campaigners – including his mother, half-sister and half-brother.
After seeing his sibling go down, Alec Mackay claimed the sentence was too short. He said: ‘My mum is grateful that he has gone down but I don’t think 16 weeks is long enough. If anything it should have been a year minimum.
‘If it was a human he would have gone down for a lot longer. We are all living creatures so he deserved to get more. I hope the dog comes back and bites him on his a***.’
Sentencing: 16 weeks in prison and a lifetime ban on keeping animals.
Since originally publishing details of this case back in August 2019 we have been contacted by various people from Jon-Luc McLoughlin’s past. The following must, of course, be treated as unproven allegations but, if true, demonstrate that we are dealing with a truly monstrous character, who cannot be trusted to be around animals, women, children or the elderly.
Animal cruelty: he has allegedly abused animals before, possibly multiple times.
McLoughlin cares for his grandfather, who has a dog and has allegedly subjected that dog to beatings.
An ex-girlfriend claims that McLoughlin also beat her dog.
McLoughlin has had several previous rescue dogs and was also (allegedly) violent towards them. Whether he killed any of them remains a grey area.
Child cruelty: it’s alleged that McLoughlin’s children were removed from him due to physical abuse. His current girlfriend is said to be pregnant.
Domestic violence: the same ex-girlfriend who claims McLoughlin was violent towards her dog also alleges that she lost a baby following a beating by McLoughlin.
McLoughlin tends to target vulnerable women, sometimes with learning difficulties.
Elderly abuse: it is alleged that McLoughlin’s grandfather is terrified of him and has also been a victim of his violent temper.
Alternative address for Jon-Luc McLoughlin: Trinidad Crescent, Poole BH12 3NN .