A jury trial for the 37-year-old man accused last year of operating a dangerous dog breeding operation and performing veterinary medicine without a license has been delayed until September. Judge Jerome Ezell approved a motion by the defense on Thursday to proceed with a jury trial for Steve Rajcinoski, who is charged with 11 felony counts of torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal.
Deputy Prosecutor David Rooda said his office still was waiting for a report from the state veterinary board, which would be used as evidence against Rajcinoski.
Medicine and medical equipment found in the garage led police to suspect Rajcinoski was performing cesarean sections on the animals at the warehouse.
He was initially charged with 10 misdemeanor counts of practicing veterinary medicine without a license, but the state dismissed the charges in October because the state statute does not prohibit individuals from practicing medicine on their own animals.
Here’s more from the Chicago Tribune:
Deputies at the time confiscated 24 American bulldogs, 26 French bulldogs, three English bulldogs, 13 Leonbergers and two pit bulls during the execution of the search warrant. The 11 female dogs, including some that currently were nursing, had evidence of cesarean sections. The mothers to the pit bull puppies and the English bulldog puppies could not be found. Three goats and a miniature horse also were confiscated.
As part of a July 31 agreement, Rajcinoski relinquished all but four of the dogs to the state and agreed to pay $2,700 a month for boarding and medical care to have those animals returned to him if he were found not guilty. During an Aug. 31 hearing, Rajcinoski agreed to relinquish control of the remaining four dogs after he failed to make the first $2,700 payment.
Should this country have a national animal abusers registry?