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updated: 5/9/2012 11:53 AM

Sentencing moved to May 31 in felony dog abuse case

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    Phillip Rinn


The Thursday afternoon sentencing of Phillip Rinn, who pleaded guilty to breaking his dog's teeth, has been moved to May 31, according to court records.

Rinn, 43, of the 300 block of Kendall Street, Aurora, faces up to three years in prison for felony animal cruelty, but probation, a fine and restitution also are options when he is sentenced by Kane County Judge Timothy Sheldon.

Rinn pleaded guilty in March to breaking five teeth on Magda, his then-1-year-old white German shepherd mixed breed, in November 2010. A different judge ruled that Rinn could not have his dog back and it has been adopted into a permanent home.

In 1993, Rinn was convicted of misdemeanor animal abuse for chaining his dog and dragging it behind his vehicle and then running it over. Rinn, who was sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service, argued at the time the dog was rabid and tried to bite his wife.

Initially, the case drew dozens of demonstrators to the Kane County Judicial Center in St. Charles.

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