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 Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.