A West Side Lawndale man previously convicted of animal cruelty has been charged again with the same crime after police found fighting dogs in his home.
Myron R. Sloan, 39, of the 1300 block of South Keller, was charged Thursday with five felony counts of cruel treatment of animals, two felony counts of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, and a misdemeanor charge of not having a firearm owner's identification card.
Police said surveillance on Sloan's home began two weeks ago after they received a tip.
A search warrant executed Thursday revealed an emaciated 8-month-old pit bull that could not walk, a pit bull with fighting scars, two other pit bulls in poor condition and a three-foot iguana in a two-foot cage, according to a release from the Cook County Sheriff's Department.
The animals have been turned over to Chicago Animal Care and Control center for care.
Sloan has a lengthy criminal record and is currently on probation for a 2009 conviction for possession of a controlled substance, police said.
He has a misdemeanor for cruel animal treatment in 2003 and has also been arrested four times for firearms. During Thursday's search, police said they found a bolt action rifle and ammunition inside his home.
Sloan will appear in bond court Friday morning.