Tinley Park woman ordered to surrender animals wants them back
By Casey Toner email@example.com October 18, 2012 8:06PM
Dawn Hamill helps Animal Welfare League workers remove animals from her home in Bremen Township, Illinois, Wednesday, October 3, 2012. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun Times Media
Updated: November 20, 2012 11:11AM
A Tinley Park woman whose animals were seized from her rescue and sanctuary after a judge ruled animals there were mistreated wants the animals returned.
Dawn Hamill, who runs Dazzle’s Painted Pastures Rescue and Sanctuary near Tinley Park, appeared Thursday at the Cook County courthouse in Markham with her new attorney, Larry Beaumont, to ask Judge Anna Demacopoulos to reconsider the sentence imposed after Hamill was convicted last month of eight misdemeanor counts of violation of owner’s duties.
Earlier this month, Demacopoulos said Hamill was an animal hoarder and ordered her to surrender all of the animals at the shelter except five of own.
Hamill was charged after two dead animals and others living in poor condition were found during a 2011 raid of the property.
After Hamill’s sentencing, volunteers from the Animal Welfare League of Chicago Ridge removed 27 dogs and nine cats from Hamill’s sanctuary.
Hamill also was sentenced to one year probation, an $8,000 fine, 30 days in the Cook County sheriff’s work alternative program, and was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.
A decision on Hamill’s request is expected during a hearing Oct. 29 at the Markham courthouse.