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.