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Crime & Courts

DeKalb man accused of torturing his pit bull fails to appear in court after not guilty plea

Ryan S. Fox, 28, of the 500 block of Ball Avenue, DeKalb, was charged March 24 with animal torture, and on Aug. 23 plead not guilty in front of Circuit court Judge Phillip Montgomery. He was scheduled to appear for a status hearing Dec. 16, but did not show up to court.
Ryan S. Fox, 28, of the 500 block of Ball Avenue, DeKalb, was charged March 24 with animal torture, and on Aug. 23 plead not guilty in front of Circuit court Judge Phillip Montgomery. He was scheduled to appear for a status hearing Dec. 16, but did not show up to court.

DeKALB – A DeKalb man was back in jail after he failed to report to a court hearing while he faces felony charges of animal cruelty from an incident during which he allegedly beat his pit bull named Nugget.

Ryan S. Fox, 28, of the 500 block of Ball Avenue, DeKalb, was charged March 24 with animal torture, and on Aug. 23 plead not guilty in front of Circuit Court Judge Phillip Montgomery. He was scheduled to appear for a status hearing Dec. 16, but did not show up to court.

On that same day, Montgomery signed a warrant for his arrest for failing to appear in court, and he was arrested Saturday, but released on $10,000 recognizance bond, records show. He's scheduled to appear again for a status hearing Tuesday, Christmas Eve, at 9 a.m. in front of Montgomery.

Fox is accused of beating his tan pit bull, Nugget, with a large wooden board and his hands and feet, records show. If convicted of animal torture, Fox could face two to 10 years in jail and fines up to $25,000.

Records show during the incident is believed to have occurred sometime in March.

Fox allegedly struck Nugget several times in the head with his hands, kicked him in the head several times with his shoe on, and struck the dog in the ribs, at points using a large wooden board while they were in the front yard of his home.