CHICAGO (CBS) — Two Iowa men have been ordered held on $10,000 bond after they were arrested on animal cruelty charges when police found 43 puppies left inside a cramped parked vehicle with little food or water.
Travis Wester, 22, and Larry Subject, 49, were both arrested early Tuesday after an Ogden District police officer heard loud barking coming from the rear of a vehicle parked in the 2500 block of West Cermak Road, police said.
When police checked out the vehicle, they found 43 puppies inside the vehicle in cramped containers, without appropriate food or water.
Animal Care and Control took custody of the puppies, which included boxers, Chihuahuas, huskies, and Pekinese.
Wester and Subject were both charged with 43 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and one misdemeanor count of failing to meet animal owner duties. Bond was set at $10,000 for each man on Wednesday and both were due back in court on Feb. 16 at West Misdemeanor Court (Br. 43), according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office.
The dogs taken from the vehicle are not up for adoption unless a judge rules on a forfeiture petition filed by prosecutors.