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 Friday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2013. There are 25 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: The street crossings on Washington and Jefferson are to be taken up immediately and underlaid with sand to raise above the level of the roadway before it freezes. 1888 -- 125 years ago: J.O. Bean, father of W.H. Bean, grocer, was accidentally thrown from his wagon near the Rock Island bridge on the Arsenal and received severe cuts and bruises on his face and body. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Sgt. Birger F. Westergard, of the United States Marine Corps, has arrived in Rock Island to take charge of the local recruiting office. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Five cases of diphtheria at Lincoln School prompt the city physician, Dr. Edward DeSilva, to urge parents to have their children immunized, as he fears epidemic. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Rock Island Arsenal will have its own newspaper with the first edition scheduled to be published Friday, Dec. 13. The paper, which will carry advertising, will be published by Bawden Bros. Inc. of Davenport. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The New Year should ring a better Quad-Cities economy, according to a survey of people in business made by First National Bank of Moline. "Based on our survey, we see a bright outlook for 1989," said Richard M. Bishop, the bank's president.