Police Photos of Raid on Animal Sanctuary: WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES
Photos of the conditions of animals at Dazzle's Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, raided by the sheriff's office and animal rescue workers on Friday.
Our goal in publishing these photos is not to be shocking, but to show the conditions at Dazzle's Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary as police and animal control officials found them during a raid on Friday.
Sheriff's police, the Animal Welfare League of Chicago Ridge and Cook County Animal Control removed 63 dogs, 31 cats and six rabbits from the shelter in unincorporated Tinley Park. Investigators also removed 30 horses, ponies, sheep, goats and llamas.
Director Dawn Hamill, 41, was charged Friday with eight counts of neglect of owner's duties and two counts of cruel treatment. According to sheriff's police, Hamill thanked investigators for intervening in a situation that had gotten fatally out of hand.
Among the dead animals found were a 3 1/2-year-old miniature horse and a Himalayan cat. Both are shown in the photos above.
We realize these images might be disturbing. After much discussion, we decided the community has a right to see the conditions in which these animals lived. It is our responsibility as a news agency to be as public as possible with the issues that affect and concern our community.
Tinley Park Patch Editor Paul Dailing