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Thursday, May 9, 2013A Harvey man has been charged with animal cruelty after Cook County Sheriff’s deputies enforcing a court-ordered eviction found abused dogs, including one that had died, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

William RobersonWilliam Roberson, 37, has been charged with two counts of felony aggravated cruelty to animals and nine misdemeanors, one count of cruelty to animals and eight counts of owner’s duties.

Roberson was named in the eviction order for the house in the 50 block of West 151st Street in Harvey.

Abused Dogs Found During EvictionCook County Sheriff’s Police Animal Crimes Unit arrived to the location at approximately 9:25 a.m. after the seven pit bull type dogs and a Chihuahua were found by the evictions team.

One dog was found dead in the basement of the house along with another emaciated dog that could not walk because of a leg injury.

Another emaciated dog was found in a crate outside of the home. The other four dogs appeared to be in better condition. There was no indication of dog fighting at the location.

South Suburban Humane Society took custody of the dogs and they were taken to a veterinarian for treatment. The body of the deceased dog was also turned over to South Suburban Humane Society.

Roberson is scheduled to appear in bond court tomorrow (Friday) at the Markham Courthouse.

Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.

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