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updated: 12/1/2010 4:33 PM

Charges upgraded for Aurora man accused of beating dog

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  • Phillip Rinn

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An Aurora man faces possible prison time after being indicted this week on felony animal cruelty charges.

A Kane County grand jury has indicted Phillip Rinn, 41, of the 300 block of Kendal Street. He is accused of beating his dog Magda, a 1-year-old Labrador-shepherd mix, on Nov. 15 and breaking several of the dog's teeth.

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Rinn is due in court Dec. 29 and faces one to three years in prison if convicted, but probation also is an option.

He originally charged with a misdemeanor but its was dropped Wednesday and authorities pursued upgraded charges after the dog's injuries were examined.

Rinn served a month in jail after a 1993 case in which he chained a dog to his vehicle and dragged it to death, according to sheriff's reports and court records.

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