Dolton woman charged with animal cruelty
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY firstname.lastname@example.org July 10, 2013 5:56PM
One of the abused dogs found Thursday by officials at a home in Dolton. | Supplied photo
Updated: August 12, 2013 11:45AM
A Dolton woman on Wednesday was charged with animal cruelty after the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Animal Crimes Unit — acting on a tip — found an emaciated dog outside her home in the 15400 block of East End Avenue, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said in a news release.
The sheriff’s department alerted the Chicago Heights-based South Suburban Humane Society about the situation at 9:45 a.m. The shelter rescued eight pit bulls that had no food or clean drinking water.
Amanda Wise, 29, was charged with one count of animal cruelty and eight counts of owner’s duties, the sheriff’s office said. She was also charged with obstructing a police officer for initially giving officers a fake name, and she had an outstanding traffic warrant. She is to appear in bond court Thursday in Markham.
There were no signs of dogfighting at the site, but the dogs were chained up outside or were in padlocked wooden pens or crates, officials said.
“It was heartbreaking,” South Suburban Humane Society executive director Emily Klehm said. All the dogs were severely dehydrated and had wounds from being subjected to heat and flies, she said.
One emaciated young female dog, less than a year old, was chained to a tree on concrete, causing her ankles to not form properly, she said.
There was no evidence of scarring from dogfighting.
“All eight of them were super friendly,” Klehm said of the dogs. “We don’t yet know what health issues we are dealing with, but we intend to save all eight.
“The Cook County Sheriff’s Department was amazing,” Klehm said. “Some might have turned a blind eye, but they stepped up and rescued these dogs.”