Christina here is charged with Two Class B Misdemeanors for Violation of Owners Duties related to a June 2nd, 2015 Riverton Police Report.
The Sangamon County States Attorneys Office filed formal charges on October 9th, 2015 (4 Months later???). Since Christina didn’t have a criminal history the judge did not order a warrant, instead issued her a notice to appear for court on October 26th, 2015 to answer to the charges.
This story was sent in by one of the readers and just gave us the Sangamon County Court case number and said look into it. When we read the charge Violation of Owners Duties we had no idea what it was at first.
We contacted the Riverton Police Department for a copy of the police report and oh boy is it interesting…
According to the report Riverton Police received a citizens complaint to check on the welfare of a 2 month old puppy tied to a boat outside in the hot June day with no water, shade, or food.
Upon arrival the Officer noticed a small puppy tied to a boat with no food, water, and feces around it. The Officer tried to knock on the residence, the front door was open and as the officer knocked the door came open further. The officer announced herself and noticed several piles of feces on the floor and a dog cage full of feces according to the report. The officer then was authorized by the Chief of Police to enter the residence to attempt to locate someone inside. Upon further inspection of the house the officer reported feces in all the rooms of the house, including the kids rooms. The Officer then contacted DCFS and The Animal Control. Sangamon County Animal Control removed the dog and DCFS started an investigation into the welfare of the children.
A Class B misdemeanor by comparison, basically has a punishment with half the severity of a Class A misdemeanor. This type of offense has a maximum penalty of 180 days incarceration in the county jail, with a maximum fine of $1500.
To my knowledge, there are no Class B misdemeanor offenses on the books in Illinois that require the judge to sentence the defendant to jail. Instead, the court can sentence a person who is found guilty of a Class B misdemeanor to probation and community service instead of incarceration.
Class B misdemeanors are few and far in between. Almost every misdemeanor offense that prosecutors pursue is a Class A misdemeanor such as domestic battery, driving under the influence, driving while license suspended for DUI, retail theft, etc.
Christina is set for First Appearance Criminal Misdemeanor on Oct 26, 2015 at 9:00 AM in Courtroom 6C.