New features are coming soon. Login with Facebook to get an early start and help us test them out!
For more information about the Interactive Animal Cruelty Maps, see the map notes.
Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012County: Cook
Alleged: Taj Oatis
A man was so angered at the barking of his puppy he punched it in the eyes at his Edgewater Beach neighborhood home on the North Side, police said.
Officers responded to a call of animal abuse at a residence in the 1000 block of West Hollywood Avenue Wednesday about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and saw a 6-month-old brown puppy cowering in a corner. police said.
When they asked the owner, 32-year-old Taj Oatis, what was wrong with it, Oatis said he'd punched the dog in the eyes to discipline the animal because it wouldn't stop barking, police said.
Officers found both of the pup's eyes had broken blood vessels and there was blood around its pupils, police said.
Police learned Oatis had an outstanding traffic warrant and found that he cannot be in possession of a dog because he is a convicted felon, police said.
Oatis was charged with cruelty to animals and possession of certain dogs by a felon, both of which are misdemeanors, police said.
Animal Care and Control was notified. Police said Oatis is a self-admitted gang member.
- chicagotribune.com - Mar 8, 2012
Note: Classifications and other fields should not be used to determine what specific charges the suspect is facing or was convicted of - they are for research and statistical purposes only. The case report and subsequent updates outline the specific charges. Charges referenced in the original case report may be modified throughout the course of the investigation or trial, so case updates, when available, should always be considered the most accurate reflection of charges.
For more information regarding classifications and usage of this database, please visit the database notes and disclaimer.