Sunday, January 31, 2010

Open Season on Dogs

The Sun Times reports on another dog shooting.

A Grayslake man was ordered held on $400,000 bond Saturday after being charged with fatally shooting a dog in an unincorporated area near his home.

Elvin Dooley, 57, of 24250 W. Townline Rd. in Grayslake, was initially charged Friday with one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, a Class 4 felony, according to the Lake County Sheriff's office. Bond was set in the warrant at $10,000.

The Lake County Sheriff’s office announced early Saturday that Dooley was also charged with two felony counts of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and one count of misdemeanor possession of a firearm without a FOID card.

He appeared for a bond hearing Saturday on the new charges and was ordered held on $400,000.

Does that seem a bit severe to you? Shooting a dog is bad, but possession of a gun by a felon is 40 times worse? Of course maybe the amount of bail is an unfair scale to judge the severity of a crime.

What's your opinion? Is this simply another case of "the gun being the answer?"

Please leave a comment.


  1. "What's your opinion? Is this simply another case of 'the gun being the answer?'"

    It is yet another case of a criminal illegally possessing a gun and committing a criminal act with it.

    --Not Jade Gold

  2. FWM,
    the Not jade Gold is the best thing you've come up with!

  3. Sometimes dogs just need to be put down:,0,4713348.story

    I'm curious as to what your feelings on the matter are Mike. I'm sure the mother is wishing she would have had some way to stop the dogs from mauling her children.