MOUNT VERNON — George Ellis appeared before judge Paul Spurgeon in Mount Vernon Municipal Court on Tuesday on charges of having animals run at large. The charges stemmed from an incident on Sept. 28 from a report of two pigs belonging to Ellis that were roaming free about the neighborhood at 123 Quarry St.
Patrolman Jason Payne from the Mount Vernon Police Department received the complaint. Ellis had initially pleaded no contest and was arraigned on Oct. 5 before Tuesday’s fine was imposed.
Ellis was ordered to pay a fine and court costs totaling $295. He was also ordered to serve 10 days in the Knox County Jail which was suspended on the condition he commits no similar offense for two years.
A separate charge of cruelty to animals against Ellis was recently dropped by the City Law Director’s Office.
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