An East Moline man made his initial court appearance Monday on two counts of animal cruelty filed after police say he abandoned two dogs in his home, where they died.
Anthony J. Blair,27, of 169 15th Ave., was arrested March 22 and later released from the Rock Island County Jail after posting ten percent of a $20,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is set for April 9 in Rock Island County Circuit Court.
Police reported that Mr. Blair's ex-wife called police to the property on Feb. 16, where the bodies ofOscar, a five-year-old terrier mix, and Nala, a six-year-old terrier, were found.
Authorities believe Mr. Blair abandoned the two dogs inside the home for several months, with no indication the animals were fed or cared for.
The home, situated in a residential neighborhood, was occupied by Mr. Blair and his wife up until the couple's divorce last summer. Mr. Blair's ex-wife was not living at the home at the time the dogs were found and is not facing charges.
Today is Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass. 1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links. 1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned. 1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today. 1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.