Police and animal control authorities responded to Muddy Paws Dog Rescue, 20429 N. Rand Road, in Deer Park after Kildeer police were notified by the facility operator’s estranged husband earlier on Thursday. Police called in the assistance of the Lake County Animal Care and Control office.
Authorities rescued six animals but eventually found 18 dead dogs and two dead birds in the Deer Park animal shelter along Rand Road between Palatine and Lake Zurich. Four live dogs were rescued, and two cats were rescued.
All animals were removed from Muddy Paws Dog Rescue, 20429 N. Rand Road, in Deer Park on Thursday, according Leslie Piotrowski, spokeswoman for Lake County Animal Care and Control. The dead animals most likely died of starvation.
Police arrested Diane Eldrup, 48, who operates Muddy Paws out of her home. Eldrup was charged late Thursday with felony aggravated cruelty to an animal, police said.
Bail for Eldrup was set at $250,000 today in Lake County court.
Police and animal control officials are checking the animals for microchips to determine if any of them had rightful owners or if further information can be obtained. The business had been closed for one year.
The six living animals are being held at the Lake County Animal Care and Control Mundelein facility, and are being treated for conditions of extreme emaciation and dehydration.