Chicago Cop Accused of Animal Abuse

Dogs, Birds said to be living in their own feces, urine

By BJ Lutz
|  Friday, Dec 18, 2009  |  Updated 9:00 PM CDT
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A Chicago police officer faces seven misdemeanor charges of cruelty to animals after birds and dogs were found to be living in deplorable conditions.

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A Chicago police officer faces seven misdemeanor charges of cruelty to animals after birds and dogs were found to be living in deplorable conditions, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Officer Richard Kleinpass, 49, greed to forfeit the animals and pay $3,375 to reimburse Lake County for the cost of veterinary bills, food and shelter since Nov. 30, when they were seized.

The animals were found to be living in their own urine and feces, Grayslake police officer Joe Manges said.

"I've never smelled anything like it," he said.

Kleinpass said the Grayslake home is his second. His primary home is in Chicago, where he's required to live as a police officer.

The animals were found in late November when a building inspector and village attorney visited the property to check for possible code violations.

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