Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Man again facing animal abuse charges even after dragging a dog to death 17 years prior

An 41-year-old Aurora man is again facing animal abuse charges, 17 years after he was sentenced to prison for dragging another dog to death.
Phillip Rinn of the 300 block of South Kendall Street was charged last Monday with misdemeanor cruelty to animals, the Kane County sheriff’s office said. At 8:30 a.m. Nov. 15, police were called for a report of a man beating a dog.
Investigators determined that Rinn was punching a 1-year-old Lab Shepherd mix named Magda, police said. The dog had several broken teeth and was taken to the VAC Aurora Animal Hospital for treatment. Police said the animal is expected to recover from its injuries.
The Kane County state’s attorney’s office is reviewing the case and may upgrade the charges to a felony, police said. Rinn posted $100 bond Nov. 16.
In 1993, Rinn pleaded guilty to cruelty to an animal. Police officers testified that Rinn admitted to chaining his dog “Royal” by the neck and dragging it down Peck Road a short distance in an attempt to kill it.
When the dog didn’t die, officials said Rinn told them he pulled over onto a roadside grassy area and ran over the dog. Rinn explained he was mad at the dog because it had chewed his car’s vinyl roof and tried to bite his wife, the officers said.
Rinn was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 100 hours of community service for that incident.

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