Illinois dog owners arrested for animal cruelty after 3 pets found dead, others 'malnourished'

Two Illinois residents have been arrested on animal cruelty charges after officers found three dead dogs and multiple malnourished ones last month at a home outside Chicago.

Emily Chesterfield, 27, surrendered to police Tuesday after her initial misdemeanor count of cruel treatment to animals was upgraded to felony aggravated animal cruelty, according to the Chicago Tribune.

A deputy with the Kane County Sheriff’s Department found the remains of a small dog in a garbage bag outside Chesterfield’s home in St. Charles Township after being called there for a hoarding case on May 30.

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Emily Chesterfield, 27, faces charges of felony aggravated animal cruelty, authorities say. (Kane County State's Attorney's Office)

Emily Chesterfield, 27, faces charges of felony aggravated animal cruelty, authorities say. (Kane County State's Attorney's Office)

After Chesterfield let the deputy inside the house, the deputy found two other dead dogs and nine “malnourished” dogs, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The dogs were confiscated by Kane County Animal Control. Chesterfield has been released on a $500 bond.

William Chesterfield was charged with two misdemeanor counts of failure to supply proper food and water. It was unclear how the Chesterfields were related.

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Last Thursday, the sheriff’s office went back to the property with a search warrant and found a bearded dragon and another neglected dog, which animal control also confiscated, the Tribune reported.

In total, 11 dogs who were “malnourished and in poor health” were found on the property, according to the Sun-Times.