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Owner of Chicago-area animal shelter found guilty

Published: Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO – The owner of a suburban Chicago animal sanctuary has been found guilty of neglect and cruelty over conditions at the facility.

The Chicago Tribune reports that a jury found 43-year-old Dawn Hamill guilty late Friday after four hours of deliberations.

The Tinley Park woman was charged in February 2011 after officers from the Cook County Sheriff's Department found dead animals at her facility. They also seized 63 dogs, 31 cats and six rabbits and removed 30 horses, ponies, sheep, goats and llamas.

In her testimony, Hamill told the court she had called state and county authorities in the week before the raid to ask for help. She said she was overwhelmed when a worker brought 20 more animals to the facility without her permission.


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