Prosecutors: More Dead Dogs Found At Shelter

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (WBBM/CBS) — The now-shuttered Muddy Paws Dog Rescue in far northwest suburban Deer Park was the focus in a Lake County courtroom, where prosecutors said they have found more dead dogs.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Steve Miller reports, defense attorney John Curnyn says prosecutors told him the melting snow revealed the bodies of 15 more dogs.

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Curnyn represents the operator of Muddy Paws, Diane Eldrup.

“What the prosecutor has announced in court is that they’re not going to pursue any more charges against Diane,” Curnyn said. “However, they claim they have discovered 15 more dogs.”

Curnyn says he takes prosecutors at their word, but he still has not seen photos.

A total of 23 to 25 dead dogs were found at the former animal shelter, according an earlier statement by co-prosecutor Suzanne Willett. Three dead birds were also found.

Last month, two additional deceased dogs were found when Eldrup’s estranged husband, Kurt Eldrup, visited the property to collect personal property, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Mermel.

Eldrup’s trial is set to begin May 20. She has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty and torture.

  • julie

    Very sad

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  • ashley

    lets just starve her to death like she did to these innocent animals.

  • Mary

    It would be so different if this happened to be about children. Apparently dogs/animals aren’t as special as humans are. They were living creatures! She should spend her life in prison for her crime. Neglect her and see how she ends up.

  • Linda

    When I hear or see (commercials) of such abuse it literally makes me sick. Animals give unconditional love and depend on people to care for them.( Then again some people don’t even take care of their human kids.) This broad should be hung out to dry!!!

  • Watching2011

    Still a scrag. Who gave her a license to operate a shelter and why did this go on for so long without anyine noticing? Deer Park offiicalisl should be ashamed that this goes on around them and they seemingly have no clue. More idiots in our gov’t.

  • Spot

    Well see her next tuesday

  • Katie

    She is not worth the time she will spend in court before a judge. She is a POS. I really hope that she spends some time in the worst conditions possible. No food, slimy water bowl and let her lay in her own filth. That is even too good for her. These were innocent animals that could have had homes and been loved but because of her they are dead. I can only hope for the worst for her for the rest of her life.

  • Janice Robinson

    would the Lori Goldstein who commented about this case in an earlier article please contact me? I am the former foster mom of Lucha, Diane’s personal pet, who died at Muddy Paws. My email:

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