Several Dead Dogs Found Inside Animal Shelter

Updated 12/17/10 9:30 p.m. C.T.

DEER PARK, Ill. (WBBM) — Lake County authorities say they arrested the former operator of a closed no-kill animal shelter after discovering 18 dead dogs and six more severely dehydrated and malnourished animals at the facility.

The owner, 48-year-old Diane Eldrup of Deer Park, was being held Friday at the Lake County Jail on $250,000 bond on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals. Authorities did not say whether she had an attorney.

WBBM’s Mike Krauser reports the animals were discovered in a building belonging to the owner of Muddy Paws on Rand Road in Deer Park.

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Lake County Animal Care and Control officials were alerted to the dead animals by the owner’s estranged husband, who went to the building to retrieve his belonging.

The building is in foreclosure and belongs to Diane Eldrup.

Animal care officials say four dogs and two cats were rescued from the facility, but are said to be badly dehydrated. It’s not clear how long they’ve been there.

Authorities were waiting for a search warrant to go into the business and remove the dog carcasses.

Just across the street, John Hamilton runs the pristine Little Paws Inn where small dogs bark and play. He says he wishes he could have saved the animals at Muddy Paws. But he had no idea conditions were so poor there.

 “Being so close, you know, we wish we could have done something about it,” Hamilton told CBS 2’s Pamela Jones. “How could you know that something like that’s going on over there?”

  • jeff kallis

    I would like to donate $20 to the place that ends up feeding the rescued dogs in Lake County from Muddy Paws. Please let me know where. I live in Lake County and this story disgusts me.

    • Karen Madsen

      I would like to contribute, too. This was a senseless loss of animal life, and no doubt a long, sad death for these poor animals. Now, I’m going home to hug my dog real tight and cry.

      • DH

        i would contribute too.

      • the TRUF

        karen, no need to get mellowdramatic, and I laugh at those thinking contributing money will solve things. YOU are the liberal types that I was talking about below….

  • toy fox mom

    I’m with you Jeff!, I’ll donate some money too.
    Please do a follow up story about where these animals will be going.
    As a pet owner, 3 dogs and 2 cats, 4 of the 5 are rescues, this story just makes me sick.

  • arturo mar

    i belive an eye for an eye.Let her burn

  • Roberta Waker

    MONEY doesn’t solve the problem, but it does help to get these poor creatures healthy enough to get new loving homes. Rescues will return your love and care a hundred times over. We need stricter laws with VERY heavy fines and jail time for these abusers/killers. Volunteer to foster an animal if you can – that is something that really helps. Hope there’s a happy ending to this story.

  • steven

    For get the Money give me ten minutes with who did it to the dogs
    He will be hurting a long time and more

  • tipster

    This world needs more people like you Karen and less like Truf, but we’re stuck with the trufs of the world ! TOO BAD !!!

  • Bubo

    Wow, this place was great a few years back. How tragic

  • Heidi

    I would like to donate money as well. If anyone can email me how I could. That would be nice.


  • Bob

    To the TRUF,

    The terms “liberal” and “conservative” have nothing to do with cruelty to animals.

  • M R Rogers

    A special fund should be set up – TRUF – people like you make me sick – if they had been children you’d probably be the first one there to adopt and help. These animals suffered a long and painful death, and the road to recovery for the ones saved will be a long one. That woman should burn in hell.

  • rony mexico

    i say stone this ugly woman, filthy trash that she is

    • Smooth

      rony mexico
      She still is entitled to her day in court, we don’t have the entire facts & if she is guilty let’s hope the court gives out justice. Let’s not forget a perosn is presumed innocent until proven guilty. How people love to rush to judgment and destroy someone instead let’s get on to insure this never happens again and help those who need it.

      • Just me

        I agree let her have her day oin court . the husband just happened to find the animals …hmmmmm she hadnt been living there for over 2 months and the property is in the husbands name so was the business… why is she in jail?

  • Maria

    Look at her face she is EVIL she doesn’t care, I only hope that she doesn’t have children I can only imagine what she will do to humans???

    • Smooth

      A terrible crime was committed and let justice take its course. What makes you an expert in a picture and being so cynical. Your remarks are out of order !!!

  • DH

    look at her face . she is pure evil. this story makes me sick. this should have the same penalty as killing a human being. god forbid if she has children. if she does dcfs should take them away at once. i hope she burns in hell.

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