Saturday, February 12, 2011

IL authorities say owner neglected sanctuary animals

by Kelsey Wheatcroft

TINLEY PARK, IL (AP) - The overwhelmed owner of an animal sanctuary has been charged with multiple counts of neglect and cruelty after authorities found dead, sick and malnourished animals at the facility in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park.

The Cook County Sheriff's Office says on Saturday, 41-year-old Dawn Hamill was charged with eight counts of neglect of owner's duties and two counts of cruel treatment.

Officers visited Dazzle's Painted Pastures on Friday with a search warrant. They found a dead miniature horse and a dead Himalayan cat.

Officers seized 63 dogs, 31 cats and six rabbits. They also removed 30 horses, ponies, sheep, goats and llamas..." More

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