Pit bull owner arrested

Evanston police have arrested a man on charges of violating a state law that bars felons from possessing unneutered dogs.

Police Commander Tom Guenther says that police were first tipped off to the activities of Shelton Lee Bell, 36, of 2102 Jackson Ave., by a anonymous caller in June who reported seeing Bell wearing a padded bite suit around his home.

Guenther says the police — based on surveillance over an extended period of time — learned that Bell had two unneutered pit bull dogs, that the dogs had expired rabies vaccinations and no city licenses and that Bell was a felon.

Based on that information, Guenther says, the department’s Neighborhood Enforcement Team executed a search warrant at Bell’s home last Friday that resulted in the recovery of a variety of devices used to train dogs for fighting, as well as the two dogs.

He’s due to appear in district court in Skokie on Oct. 6 to face the misdemeanor charges.

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