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KANKAKEE — A rural Manteno woman is now facing multiple charges after police say her dog was found in a field with its mouth and legs zip-tied last month. The dog was alive.

The Kankakee County State’s Attorney charged Linda Stam, 70, with animal torture, cruel treatment of animals and animal neglect.

Court records show Stam was indicted Feb. 5 and paid the required 10 percent of her $25,000 bond. Her next court date is Feb. 23.

Kankakee County Sheriff’s police were dispatched to the 5700 block of East 6000N Road on Jan. 6 after someone reported finding the dog in a field. The person was familiar with the dog, a Keeshond breed, and knew who its owner was, according to police.

On Jan. 7, a search warrant was executed at Stam’s residence in the 5700 block of East 6000N Road. Two other Keeshond dogs and 11 cats and kittens were seized by Kankakee County Animal Control, according to court records.

Stam agreed to permanently relinquish ownership, police say.

The animal torture charge is a felony. The cruel treatment of animals and animal neglect charges are misdemeanors.

Jeff Bonty is a reporter for The Daily Journal. He can be reached at jbonty@daily-journal.com and 815-937-3366.


Jeff Bonty has worked for The Daily Journal since September 1986, starting in the sports department before moving to news reporting in 2002. He's a native of Indiana and graduate of Purdue University. His email is jbonty@daily-journal.com.