Man Due Back In Court For Beating Dog

ST. CHARLES, Ill. (CBS/WBBM) — A suburban man is due back in court next month in an animal cruelty case.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Pat Cassidy reports, Kane County Judge James Hallock will decide whether Phillip Rinn, 41, of Elgin, must forfeit his 1-year-old Labrador retriever-German shepherd mix, Magda, and pay for the cost of caring for her.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Pat Cassidy reports.

Hallock is charged with a felony, for allegedly hitting the dog so hard that he broke five of the dog’s teeth.

Kane County deputies responded Nov. 15 to Rinn’s home in the 300 block of South Kendall Street in Aurora after neighbors called 911. When deputies arrived, sheriff’s Lt. Pat Gengler said, they not only found a bloodied dog with missing teeth, but “Rinn was naked, standing in the doorway.”

He ran up a $1,000 dental bill, and another $1,600 for the dog’s care.

In 1993, Rinn pleaded guilty to chaining his dog around the neck, then dragging the dog behind his car on Peck Road in an attempt to kill it. When the dog didn’t die, Rinn pulled over, ran over the dog again and left him in a ditch, where the dog eventually died of his injuries.

At his sentencing, Rinn promised never to mistreat an animal again. The judge gave him 30 days in jail, two years’ probation, a $500 fine and 100 hours of community service.

But outrage over the case at the time prompted tougher laws for animal abusers, and this time, the charges against Rinn were upgrade to a Class 4 felony.

Another dog, a pit bull-greyhound mix named Eve, was given to Rinn by Aurora resident Jamie Cotner after Eve and Cotner’s other dog had trouble getting along. But after Cotner’s most recent arrest, Eve went missing. Rinn allegedly told others she had run away.

WBBM Newsradio 780’s Pat Cassidy and the Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Karen

    OK when are these monsters going to pay for what they do. It makes me sick.
    The law does NOTHING & so this happens again & again.
    I wish this guy a life of hell…what goes around usually comes around.
    What an ugly SOB.

  • gayle

    if that judge hallock gives that dog back and/or doesn’t sentence this moron then he is just as bad. Sickening. The other dog ran away? Yeah and we were born yesterday.

  • So disgusted

    You mean they let him have the poor dog back after what he did??
    So the judges & court system are as much to blame as he is….
    May this sweet animal & the one he left to die find peace somewhere.
    AND may this SOB rot in hell.

  • S Barnes

    This man should not have an animal ever. I also think they tie him up behind a car or truck and drag him. This man is mentally unstable.

  • mike

    Some people should not ever be allowed to have animals.

  • Tom

    Hit this fat big in the mouth with a hammer and knock his teeth out.

  • Throw the Book at this Guy

    This is disgusting. I will never understand how someone can possibly abuse animals and children. The two beings on earth that love you no matter what and are so helpless.

    I pray that they will not give him this dog back and that he is forbidden to own another.

  • John Mctigue

    Nice job of proofreading…. “Hallock is charged with a felony”
    Rinn is the defendant. Hallock is the judge.

  • No Mercy for this SOB


  • jill dunbar

    I agree with all the comments. This guy should get a taste of his own medicine and then maybe, just maybe he wouldn’t act this way. We all know that if he is capable of this evil behavior with animals, what else is he capable of??? The courts should make this guy pay, even tho you can’t get innocent lives back.

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