A former New Boston man has been ordered to pay more than $4,000 in veterinary bills and $1,500 in fines after being convicted in a puppy mill case.

Ricky Lee Bonjour, 50, was found guilty of two Class A misdemeanor counts of cruel treatment of an animal and two Class B misdemeanor counts of unlawful inhumane care for animals in a bench trial in Mercer County Circuit Court.

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He was charged in January after Mercer County animal control officers rescued more than 40 dogs at his home. The dogs were reportedly in very poor health and were not receiving any veterinary care.

A 30-day jail sentence will be stayed as long as the restitution and fines are paid. Bonjour is prohibited from breeding any animals. His sentence also includes 24 months conditional discharge.

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