WAUKEGAN, Ill. (WBBM/CBS) — The owner of a north suburban animal rescue facility, charged with cruelty and torture after 18 dogs were found dead, is facing more charges.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports, Lake County officials say two more dead dogs have been found on the property of the Muddy Paws facility, located on Rand Road in Deer Park.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports

Owner Diane Eldrup, 49, was indicted on two new counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and animal torture for the death of one of the dogs, named Licha.

The 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.

This dog was reported to be Eldrup’s pet. It was identified through a microchip found with its remains, Mermel said.

Officials say the animals were starved to death.

A total of 23 to 25 dead dogs were found at the former animal shelter, according to co-prosecutor Suzanne Willett.

Eldrup has pleaded not guilty to the first set of charges, and is due back in court next week.

The Lake County News-Sun contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire

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