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$75,000 bond for ‘very intoxicated’ man accused of trying to operate on dog

Stewart Gibbs

Stewart Gibbs

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Updated: June 21, 2011 2:09AM



Bond was set at $75,000 Monday for a man facing a felony animal cruelty charge after police said they found him intoxicated and trying to perform surgery on his own dog, leaving the animal with a large open wound.

Police were called to the dog’s owner’s third-floor apartment in the 200 block of North Clinton Street about 10 p.m. Sunday for a well-being check and found the man with blood on his hands, police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.

The man, who “appeared very intoxicated,” allowed the officers to enter his apartment, where police found more blood on the walls and floor, and the man’s black Doberman pinscher with a large open wound on its right ear, Mirabelli said.

Stewart Gibbs, 44, allegedly told police he tried to perform surgery on the dog to remove a cyst, Mirabelli said. There is no indication Gibbs is a veterinarian or has any sort of training as a medical practitioner.

The dog was treated early Monday at the Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Care center and has been turned over to Chicago Animal Care and Control, police said.

Despite the ordeal, the dog was conscious and “very pleasant” to officers, even allowing them to carry it to the car to transport it to the hospital, police said.

Gibbs, of the 200 block of North Clinton Street, was charged with one count of felony aggravated cruelty to animals, Mirabelli said.

On Monday, he was ordered held on $75,000 bond, Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said. He will appear for a preliminary hearing June 27.



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