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CROWN POINT — A jury trial for the 37-year-old man accused last year of operating a dangerous dog breeding operation in Center Township is delayed until September.

Pro Tem Judge Jerome Ezell approved a motion by the defense Thursday to continue a jury trial for Steve Rajcinoski, who is charged with 11 felony counts of torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal.

Deputy Prosecutor David Rooda objected for the record to continuing the trial, but said his office still was waiting for a report from the state veterinary board, which would be used as evidence against Rajcinoski.

The parties agreed to reschedule trial for Sept. 17. A pretrial conference was scheduled for Aug. 16.

Rajcinoski, of Crown Point, was arrested after police allegedly found 68 mistreated dogs living in a poorly ventilated garage May 3 in the 5900 block of West 125th Avenue.

Medicine and medical equipment found in the garage led police to suspect Rajcinoski was performing cesarean sections on the animals at the warehouse.

Rajcinoski also is charged with 72 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to an animal and one misdemeanor count of failure to register as a commercial breeder.

He was initially charged with 10 misdemeanor counts of practicing veterinary medicine without a license, but the state dismissed the charges in October because the state statute does not prohibit individuals from practicing medicine on their own animals.

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Courts and social justice reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.