|Barked: Wed Mar 21, '12 5:48pm PST |
|I'm confused, where does it say he only got a ticket or fine? All I see is that the dogs were taken away and he is schedule to appear in court about it?
ETA: I looked it up on google and found another article, from Chicago Tribune, which says:
"Stanton Howard" .... "was charged with felony aggravated animal cruelty and two counts of misdemeanor animal owner duties, according to police News Affairs Officer Laura Kubiak."
So, I looked up the laws about "felony aggravated animal cruelty" in IL and found:
"Punishment for a violation of this section includes probation or conditional discharge not to exceed 30 months, a fine of up to $25,000.00 ($50,000.00 if the defendant is a corporation), incarceration from 1 to 3 years. Prosecutors should also consider the requirement of a psychological evaluation for the defendant, limiting the number of animals the defendant may own or care for in the future, as well as restitution to any individual or agency that paid veterinary bills and provided care for any involved animals. Forfeiture of any involved animals is also an option."
I also found this for the "misdemeanor animal owner duties" charge:
"Punishment for a violation of this section includes the option of Court Supervision, incarceration for a period not to exceed 6 months, probation or conditional discharge not to exceed a period of 2 years and/or a fine up to $1,500.00. Prosecutors should also consider filing a motion to designate the offender as a companion animal hoarder if the situation meets the definition as set out in section 2.10. (See Appendix E). In addition to any other orders, Prosecutors should consider asking the Court to order a psychological evaluation for the defendant, limit the number of animals the defendant may own or care for in the future, as well as restitution to any individual or agency that paid veterinary bills and provided care for any involved animals. Forfeiture of any involved animals is also an option. Note that a second or subsequent violation is a Class 4 Felony."
So it seems likely this will result in a lot more than a ticket or small fine. Even the lesser misdemeanor charge is more than just a ticket, and since he was also charge with felony animal cruelty it is more serious.
Edited by author Wed Mar 21, '12 5:59pm PST
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