Crime & Courts

Judge denies bond reduction for McHenry man accused of injuring dog

Elijah D.G. Washington, 21
Elijah D.G. Washington, 21

A judge Thursday refused to reduce bond for a man accused of seriously injuring a small poodle last month.

McHenry County Judge James Cowlin could reduce 21-year-old Elijah Washington’s bond in the future, however, if he knew the man had access to potential counseling services, he said.

Washington is accused of making violent threats after the alleged animal abuse, prosecutor Mary Ann Scholl said. Freed on bond, Washington could become a risk to himself and others, she argued.

“We have a lot of concern for what was going through the defendant’s head at he time.” Scholl said in court.

McHenry police arrested Washington Aug. 20 after they arrived at his home and learned he beat a poodle with his fists and a leash, Scholl said in court Thursday.

Washington reportedly told police that he hit the dog because it had bitten a young female relative. Officers noted the girl did have a red mark on her hand where the dog allegedly bit her, but the animal didn’t draw blood, Scholl said.

He also told others at the home he shouldn’t have been left alone with the dog because he would hurt the animal if it bit anyone, Scholl said, citing a McHenry police report.

Concerned for Washington’s mental health, Cowlin denied his request for a reduced bond, but told McHenry County Assistant Public Defender Grant Tucker that he might reconsider if Washington had access to services that would help him remain “stable.”

As of Thursday evening, Washington remained at the McHenry County Jail on a $20,000 bond. He’s due back in court Sept. 20.

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