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Owner of Practical K-9 in Bull Valley faces animal cruelty count

The owner of a Bull Valley animal boarding and training facility was arrested after an investigation into animal cruelty allegations.

Ryan M. Thomas, 37, of Woodstock, owner of Practical K-9, was charged with animal cruelty, a Class A misdemeanor, Tuesday, McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandra Rogers confirmed Friday. A Class A misdemeanor charge typically carries a sentence of less than one year in jail.

Seven dogs and two cats were seized from Practical K-9 on Tuesday after an investigation by McHenry County Animal Control and Adoption Center officers and McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies.

All animals that were taken were evaluated by a licensed veterinarian.

The McHenry County Health Department said the dogs and cats were taken because of violations of caregiver duties.

Joseph Gugle, health administration manager for the McHenry County Department of Health, said he could not release what the exact violations were because of an ongoing and active investigation. Because of the investigation, Gugle also said he could not say what the animals’ current conditions are.

All animals boarded at the site were evaluated and returned to their owners of record, health department officials said.

A call made to Practical K-9 on Friday afternoon was not returned, and Thomas could not be reached for comment.

Illinois Secretary of State’s Office records show no company is registered to do business in the state as Practical K-9.

Under the Humane Care for Animal Act and by McHenry County Public Health ordinance, animal owners and caregivers are required to provide “a sufficient quantity of good quality, wholesome, food and water; adequate shelter and protection from the weather; veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering; and humane care and treatment.”

The animals that were removed were taken under a section of that ordinance, dealing with animal cruelty, health department officials said.

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