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 Wednesday, June 19, the 170th day of 2013. There are 195 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: The treasurer of Mercer County has been instructed to sell all thespecie now in the treasury for the highest premium in legal tender and to report same atthe next board meeting. 1888 -- 125 years ago: J.S. Freeman has been elected president of the Recreation Club ofthe Rock Island YMCA. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Rock Island voters will decide next Tuesday on the proposal toconsolidate with South Rock Island Township. 1938 -- 75 years ago: The Rev. Frederick J. Rolf will round out his 30th year as pastor ofthe Evangelical Church of Peace at Sunday worship services. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Dennis Kelly, of Moline High School, has been named a winner inTime Magazine's 27th annual current affairs contest. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The Martin Luther King Community Center will participate in theSummer Food Service Program. Free meals will be made available to all children 18years of age and younger.