Kane County, IL – When Philip Rinn was sentenced back in 1993 for misdemeanor animal cruelty charges, he had to promise to “never hurt another animal again”.
According to MyFoxChicago News, Rinn pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty charges on Friday for a November 2010 incident in which he is accused of beating his 1-year-old Shepherd/Lab mix, “Magda” with a broom stick.
Neighbors who witnessed Rinn clubbing his dog with the broom stick phoned 911 in the 2010 incident.
When police arrived, they discovered Rinn’s bloodied dog who had several lacerations and broken teeth.
Thankfully Magda survived and went on to make a full recovery.
But Rinn’s first victim back in the 1993 cruelty incident was not as fortunate.
In that original incident, the man chained his dog, “Royal”, to the back of his vehicle and dragged him.
When the dog did not die, he unchained him, and proceeded to run over the dog’s body with the car.
Rinn was only issued misdemeanor charges in the initial incident. Sadly, he served a meager 30 days as punishment.
And, yes, there was that “promise” to never hurt another animal again.
Perhaps the court should have sentenced Rinn to more jail time and prohibited him from ever owning an animal again the first time around.
Maybe that would have saved Magda from the vicious attack that could have ended her life if not for the alert neighbors who phoned the police before it was too late.
One can only hope that the current judge looks to Rinn’s past when it is time for the sentencing of this most recent crime.
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