A Grayslake-area man accused of shooting a dog will not be released from jail so he can see a doctor, a Lake County judge ruled Thursday.
Attorneys for Elvin Dooley, 57, asked Associate Judge Theodore Potkonjak to lower their client's $250,000 bond because he is suffering from complications from diabetes and may have pancreatitis.
Potkonjak refused the request after members of the Lake County jail nursing staff assured him they could provide adequate care for Dooley at the jail.
Dooley is charged with shooting a dog that had run away from the Save-A-Pet No Kill Animal Shelter near his home on the 24000 block of Townline Road on Jan. 26.
An employee of the shelter who was chasing the dog told police she saw Dooley firing at the animal with a rifle that had a scope mounted on it.
When police went to question Dooley, they said they found thousands of rounds of ammunition in his house. Later, he led them to 17 firearms he had stashed at a friend's house.
Dooley is not allowed to have any weapons because of a 1978 burglary conviction in Alabama.
Dooley pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of animal torture, animal cruelty, possession of a weapon by a felon and possession of a weapon without a state Firearm Owner's Identification card.
Potkonjak scheduled a trial of the case for April 1. He told Dooley he faces a mandatory prison sentence of three to 14 years if convicted of all the charges against him.
Non-FOID card holder commits crimes...big surprise.