A 50-year-old New Boston man was convicted Nov. 26 on four counts of cruel treatment of an animal.
Ricky Leroy Bonjour was found guilty after a half day bench trial presided over by Mercer County Circuit Court Judge Gregory Chickris.
The judge ordered Mr. Bonjour to pay more than $4,000 in veterinary bills and to cease breeding animals. Mr. Bonjour received a 30-day jail sentenced stayed, meaning he will go to jail if he doesn't comply with the court order.
Last January, Mercer County Animal Control officers rescued 39 dogs at his house. According to the Mercer County state's attorney's office, the dogs had been left to suffer with injuries in their own waste without the owner providing any veterinary care.
Mercer County Animal Control Officer Chris Brewer said some of the dogs were pregnant. One had a broken jaw.
"They were small breeds living in their own feces and urine soaked from head to toe living on a concrete floor," Ms. Brewer said.
Mr. Bonjour denied the charges.
Mercer County Assistant State's Attorney Meeghan Lee said, "We are thankful for his convictions and continue to believe more jail time would be appropriate."
Today is Tuesday, March 11, the 70th day of 2014. There are 295 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done by hogs that are running at large about town. The marshal will take them up and sell them if their owners do not contain them. 1889 -- 125 years ago: George Newberry, Daniel Strecker, Al Webb and James Dixon returned from a voyage down the Mississippi River as far as Memphis, Tenn., on a flat. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Augustana College was put out of the running for the state collegiate basketball title when defeated by Millikin. The Viking lineup included Sten, Samuelson and Swanbeck, forwards, and Holtgren, Johnson and Berg, guards. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The coronation of Pope Pius XII and preliminary ceremonies were broadcast by WHBF on the Mutual Radio Network. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Reactivation of a portion of the J.I. Case Co, plant in Rock Island as a supplier for component parts for the firm's manufacturing centers at Racine, Wis., or Burlington, Iowa, is under consideration. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Downtown Moline business owners will have a chance to help shape the city's future through a survey being done by the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission.