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 Monday, July 28, the 209th day of 2014. There are 156 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.