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 Tuesday, March 11, the 70th day of 2014. There are 295 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Much damage is being done by hogs that are running at large about town. The marshal will take them up and sell them if their owners do not contain them. 1889 -- 125 years ago: George Newberry, Daniel Strecker, Al Webb and James Dixon returned from a voyage down the Mississippi River as far as Memphis, Tenn., on a flat. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Augustana College was put out of the running for the state collegiate basketball title when defeated by Millikin. The Viking lineup included Sten, Samuelson and Swanbeck, forwards, and Holtgren, Johnson and Berg, guards. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The coronation of Pope Pius XII and preliminary ceremonies were broadcast by WHBF on the Mutual Radio Network. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Reactivation of a portion of the J.I. Case Co, plant in Rock Island as a supplier for component parts for the firm's manufacturing centers at Racine, Wis., or Burlington, Iowa, is under consideration. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Downtown Moline business owners will have a chance to help shape the city's future through a survey being done by the Bi-State Metropolitan Planning Commission.