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 Saturday, Dec. 7, the 341st day of 2013. There are 24 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Some excitement was created in our corn market today by two new buyers who ran the price up to 62 cents per bushel. 1888 -- 125 years ago: H.C. Connelly sold the Johnson property at the corner of 2nd Ave. and 15th St. to A.C. Schafer for $1,800. 1913 -- 100 years ago: O.W. Billings and George P. Herzog have opened a new ready-to-wear shop at 1611-13 2nd Ave. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Farmers in this section of Illinois are preparing to seal part of their 1938 corn crop and receive government loans on it up to 57 cents per bushel, depending on the quality and storage conditions. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Dohrn Transfer Co. is displaying its new general headquarters for its nine-state operations at 4016 9th St., Rock Island, today to its employees and tomorrow to its customers. 1988 -- 25 years ago: In 30 minutes under a Tuesday afternoon sun at the Kmart store in Moline, millionaire columnist Percy Ross raised $1,400 for the Salvation Army.