An arrest warrant has been issued for an Elgin man charged with abuse of a six-month old dog. 38-year-old Gregory R. Griffin, with previous addresses in both Elgin and Chicago, has been charged with one misdemeanor count of Cruel Treatment and one misdemeanor count of Violation of Owner’s Duties. A witness reported that Griffin was observed kicking a dog while the animal’s head was stuck in a door frame. Griffin is currently being sought by the Elgin Police Department and anyone with information as to his whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Elgin Police Department at 847-289-2700, or the anonymous crime line at 847-695-4195.
Animal Control took the dog into custody and subsequently transported the dog to Golf Rose Animal Hospital in Schaumburg for examination. It was later determined that the dog was suffering from fractures to both hind legs. These injuries showed signs of improper healing, and required surgery to repair the damage. Dr. Stephen Neihaus with Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center agreed to volunteer his time and surgical space, reducing the cost of surgery for the dog from approximately $5,000.00 to $1,500.00. Dr. Neihaus went further and located a private citizen, who wishes to remain anonymous, to donate the remaining $1500 to cover the cost of surgical implants and anesthesia necessary for the surgery. The extensive surgery was completed yesterday and will be followed by approximately eight weeks of recuperation and therapy after which it can be placed for adoption. Anyone interested in providing a home for the dog, named “Liberty” by animal control officers, should contact Golf Rose Animal Shelter at 847-885-2122.