Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fighting dogs removed from Chicago home

From Chicago Breaking News

Fighting dogs were removed from the home of a Chicago man who is accused of animal cruelty, the Cook County sheriff's department said today.
Myron Sloan, 39, of the 1300 block of South Keeler Avenue, was charged with cruel treatment to animals, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon--both felonies--and a misdemeanor charge of not having a firearm owner's identification card.
Authorities began surveillance on Sloan's home earlier this month  based on a top, and served a search warrant today, the sheriff's department said. Chicago police SWAT teams, who were part of the joint investigation that also included the sheriff's department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, made entry into the home.
Inside, authorities found an 8-month-old emaciated pit bull that was unable to walk, and another pit bull with fighting scars, the sheriff's department said. The department also said two other pit bulls on the property were also in poor condition. Authorities also found a three-foot iguana that Sloan (right) kept in a two-foot cage.
The sheriff's department said the animals were malnourished and kept in makeshift cages with wire floors that tore their feet. All of them have been taken to the Chicago Commission on Animal Care and Control.
Sloan is due to appear for a bond hearing Friday.

Update June 24, 2010 3:53pm - The following article is from CBS 2 Chicago:
 
Man Convicted Of Animal Cruelty Is Charged Again

A West Side Lawndale man previously convicted of animal cruelty is charged again after police found fighting dogs in his home on Thursday.

Myron R. Sloan, 39, of the 1300 block of South Keeler Avenue, is charged with five counts of felony cruel treatment to animals, according to a release from the Cook County Sheriff's office. He is also charged with two counts of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and a misdemeanor charge for not having a firearm owner's identification card.

Police were tipped off to Sloan's home two weeks ago and searched a search warrant on Thursday, where they found an 8-month old pit bull that could not walk because it was emaciated, a pit bull with fighting scars, two other pit bulls in poor condition, a three-foot iguana in a two-foot cage, a bolt action rifle and ammunition, the release said.

The animals were malnourished and kept in makeshift cages with wire floors that tore their feet, the release said. All are in the care of the Chicago Animal Care and Control center.

Sloan was convicted in 2003 for misdemeanor cruel treatment to animals, the release said. His long criminal history also includes a 2009 conviction for possession of a controlled substance for which he is currently on probation and four previous firearm arrests.

He is expected to appear for a bond hearing Friday. 

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