DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today the second of two individuals accused of starving two dogs to death has been sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), the maximum available penalty. Sarah Gorski, 21, of the 1700 block of Queensbury Circle, Hoffman Estates, appeared in court this morning in front of Judge Michael Reidy, who handed down the sentence.
On February 22, 2022, Gorski entered a plea of guilty to three counts of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, a Class 4 Felony. On November 8, 2021, Gorski’s co-defendant, Andre Norris, 29, of the same address, was sentenced to three years in the IDOC, the maximum available penalty, after previously entering a plea of guilty to three counts of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, also in front of Judge Reidy.
Naperville police officers and Naperville Animal Control personnel responded on Monday, March 2, 2020 to a trail area regarding a “disposed of” dead German Shepherd. The German Shepherd, later identified as Meliodas, or “Otis”, was found wrapped in a bed sheet in a storage container in a wooded area near a drainage ditch. He weighed approximately twenty pounds, should have had an expected normally weight approximately seventy pounds. An investigation into the matter led authorities to Gorski and Norris as the owners of Otis. The investigation also found that the defendants had owned at least two other dogs, Scooby and Bubba. Through the detectives’ investigation, it was learned that none of the dogs had many visits to the veterinarian.
On Thursday, March 12, 2020, a search warrant was executed on the defendants’ home. When investigators arrived, they found Scooby, a German Shepherd/Hound mix, in a rusted dog crate, filled with animal feces, blood, and urine. He weighed approximately twenty pounds, was severely starved, could not walk, had massive sores including one where you could almost see his bone and had feces stuck in his fur.
Bubba, a Corgi, was not located Thursday, March 12, 2020. While continuing their investigation, authorities learned that Bubba had died in the first week of March. Investigators subsequently found Bubba in a field wrapped in a sheet where Gorski and Norris dumped him. Both Otis and Bubba were sent to the University of Illinois Veterinary School for a necropsy where it was determined that Otis died from canine parvovirus, starvation and rat poisoning. Bubba, who weighed only four pounds when he was found, died of severe starvation. “Simply put, with Sarah Gorski and Andre Norris responsible for their well-being, Otis and Bubba never stood a chance,” Berlin said. “After living in deplorable conditions, they both suffered horrible, painful and unnecessary deaths after suffering through heartbreaking lives. Thankfully, Scooby did not meet the same fate and is living happily with his foster family. I thank the Naperville Police Department, Naperville Animal Control, the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, VCA Boulder Terrace and Care Animal Clinic of Plainfield for their assistance on this case. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Alyssa Rabulinski and Jaclyn McAndrew for their efforts on this very disturbing case.” Gorski will begin serving her sentence on June 2, 2022. She will be required to serve 50% of her sentence before being eligible for parole.
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