Crime & Courts

McHenry man accused of beating poodle

Elijah D.G. Washington, 21, of the 4200 block of Savoy Lane, McHenry
Elijah D.G. Washington, 21, of the 4200 block of Savoy Lane, McHenry

A McHenry man is due in court next week on charges accusing him of beating a 10-pound poodle that he told police bit a young girl.

On Aug. 20, McHenry police went to a home in the 4200 block of Savoy Lane for a well-being check on a 21-year-old man and a girl, McHenry public affairs officer Patrick Polidori said.

When officers arrived, Elijah D.G. Washington told police a toy poodle mix had bitten the girl before he beat the dog with his hands, a leash and a “blunt object,” Polidori said.

The girl, who was younger than 10 years old, was not injured, he said.

Although Washington was not injured when police arrived, he asked to be taken to Centegra Hospital – McHenry, Polidori said.

Officers arrested Washington on Monday afternoon after his release from the hospital, Polidori said. The reason behind Washington’s hospital stay was not clear Tuesday.

He remained at the McHenry County Jail on a $20,000 bond Tuesday afternoon. He must post $2,000 bail to be released.

Washington could be sentenced to one to three years in prison if he is convicted of aggravated cruelty to animals. The charge is a felony because of the injuries the dog suffered, including several bruises and fractured ribs, Polidori said.

The dog was taken to a Crystal Lake veterinary and remains in the care of McHenry County Animal Control, Polidori said.

Washington is due in court Sept. 6.

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