AURORA –The man accused of animal cruelty – abandoning his Rottweiler puppy in a cage in an unheated garage in North Aurora last fall –was given another new court date on Sept. 16 or the judge will issue a warrant for his arrest, court records show.

Santos D. Chavez, 25, of the 400 block of Lincoln Avenue, Aurora, was charged Jan. 13 with animal cruelty, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in jail and/or a fine up to $2,500, if convicted.

The dog was found Nov. 1 in the garage of a rental home in the 1000 block of Kilbery Lane, North Aurora, by a cleaning person, Heather Caminiti of Caminiti Cleaning, who took the dog and found a home for him.

Chavez did not appear at Aurora Branch Court on Feb. 13, nor on July 15, court records show.

Santos has new legal problems in that he has four domestic battery charges pending against him from two victims.

Court records show he was charged April 17 and was released on $5,000 personal recognizance bonds on both cases. As a condition of his bond, Santos is to have no contact with either person or at the Lincoln Avenue address, records show.

According to amended complaints with two charges each, Santos pushed or grabbed one victim about the neck, head or body; in the other case, Santos slapped and pushed the victim identified in court records as a minor.

Santos is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 5 on both domestic battery charges.

The rescued Rottweiler, now named Wyatt, belongs to Jeri Boyd, who first fostered him, then adopted him.

Boyd, of Schaumburg, said she has been involved in animal rescue for 25 years and has had 309 dogs fostered at her house.

Wyatt is doing well, Boyd said.

“He is about a year old now. He barks at big men with deep voices who are wearing baseball caps,” Boyd said. “He is about 85 pounds – from his early starvation – but he probably would have been 100 pounds to 120 pounds, depending. He’s really sweet. He loves kids and other dogs. He is very very happy.”

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