Owner of animal-filled home had prior contact with Park Ridge Police
Updated: December 9, 2012 6:10AM
PARK RIDGE — The owner of a McHenry County home where 91 animals were reportedly found without food or water last week is the same woman police say filled a Park Ridge condo with dozens of animals two years ago.
Park Ridge Police assisted McHenry County Sheriff’s investigators in locating the 54-year-old woman at her Park Ridge Pointe residence at 1713 Pavilion Way on the afternoon of Oct. 30.
According to the Sheriff’s Department, the woman is the owner of a home in unincorporated Woodstock where 55 birds, 19 dogs, 11 cats and three rabbits were found living in poor conditions without visible signs of food an water. Three dead animals were found inside the residence, police said.
“The animals were dehydrated and hungry,” said Debra Quackenbush, community information coordinator for the McHenry County Department of Public Health. “I am not sure when was the last time they were fed. The animals need proper care and we will monitor their health conditions.”
As of Nov. 5 no charges had been filed against the woman and a police investigation was continuing.
“Eventually she will be charged,” said McHenry County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Michael Cisner.
Park Ridge Deputy Police Chief Lou Jogmen said the suspect is the same woman who was found with 17 cats, seven dogs and more than 20 birds inside her Park Ridge Pointe condo on Nov. 4, 2010. At that time, police had responded to the residence for a well-being check after a neighbor complained of a foul odor coming from the unit, Jogmen said.
Animal feces and urine were found all over the unit and there did not appear to be adequate food or water for the animals housed there, police had said.
“It was very similar to what they are dealing with in McHenry County,” Jogmen said.
Police and Park Ridge employees helped to remove the animals from the residence and they were placed in a Schaumburg animal hospital. The resident was not cited at the time, Jogmen said.
Park Ridge Police Officer Matt McGannon, who assisted the sheriff’s investigators in making contact with the woman on Oct. 29, said at least five cats were living in her Park Ridge residence. McGannon added that the woman is believed to own three homes.
—Sun-Times Media contributed to this story.