Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Michael Peterson, 31, of Oak Lawn has been charged with six counts of felony animal torture and three counts of felony cruelty to animals.
A man who has been charged with animal torture and animal cruelty may be one court appearance away from getting a trial date set. Purav Bhatt, attorney for Michael Peterson, 31, asked Cook County Judge Colleen Ann Hyland Tuesday, Aug. 21 for one more status date before a trial will be set. Peterson has pleaded not guilty to six counts of felony animal torture and three felony counts of cruelty to animals. According to reports, police went to the home on May 8, 2011 after neighbors complained of several dogs locked up in a back room. Neighbors told police the dogs had been barking and fighting for several hours and that it was an ongoing problem. Police found four emaciated dogs home alone, one of them gravely injured after being attacked …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Oak Lawn police reports, July 4 through July 5.
THURSDAY, JULY 5 Police went to the 9500 block of South Kolin Avenue around 10:26 a.m. because of a report of a dog left inside a hot car, reports said. The officer said when he arrived he found a dog locked inside a car with the windows down 2 or 3 inches. The dog was panting and didn’t have any food or water. An infrared thermometer measured the inside of the car at 122 degrees, police said. After several attempts to contact the dog’s owner, the officer was given permission by his supervisor to remove the dog from the car. The officer stuck a metal wire through the open window and unlocked the car. Police removed the dog and left a contact notice for the owner that the dog was being brought to the Animal Welfare League. Around 12:30 p.m…
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Dazzle's owner goes to trial March 7. Also, arraignment postponed for man accused of setting fire to his family's south suburban restaurant.
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- Jesse Marx
Saturday, January 28, 2012
The Southland's major criminal and civil cases heard in Cook County and Will County courts this week. TINLEY PARK — Trial starts March 7 for Dawn Hamill, the owner of Dazzle’s Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, which was raided nearly one year ago. She faces dozens of counts related to animal cruelty and neglect. More than 100 animals, including a dead cat and horse, were seized from Hamill’s Tinley Park property, which prosecutors have painted as a den of feces and urine, with inadequate space and heat. When put on the stand last month for a pretrial issue, Hamill described an environment of “healthy” and “playful” animals, though she admitted that the sanctuary had been twice cited for unsanitary conditions by the Illinois …
Friday, June 3, 2011
Neighbor reports dog howling inside garage for hours, police say.
A neighbor called Oak Lawn police to report a dog in distress at a house on the 9200 block of South Major Avenue. Police met with the neighbor around 1 p.m. on May 21 and were told that a dog had been howling inside the garage for hours. The neighbor was concerned that two dogs—a pit bull and mastiff—were being abused. The homeowner wasn’t home, but police did locate the mastiff, Bella, in the garage. The dog appeared to be in distress and there was no food or water, police said. Police decided to remove Bella from the garage. According to reports, there was little space for the dog to move around because of jet skis, a bike and a car parked inside the garage. The mastiff appeared emaciated and was defensive when police removed her from …
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
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Thirty-year-old Oak Lawn man charged with felony animal control cruelty after neighbors complain of hearing dogs fighting in captivity, police say.
Police found four emaciated dogs home alone, one of them gravely injured after being attacked by the other dogs, on the 10000 block of South 52nd Avenue. The four dogs–named Tyson, Hercules, Ozzy and Mickey–were found locked in a small room without food or water. Police said the dogs were in an extremely emaciated condition. The dogs’ owner, Michael E. Peterson, 30, was charged with felony animal cruelty, and was issued village citations for not having dog tags, noisy animals and exceeding the maximum number of dogs allowed in a house. According to reports, police went to the home on May 8, after neighbors complained of several dogs locked up in a back room. Neighbors told police the dogs had been barking and fighting for several hours and…
Monday, February 21, 2011
This week's edition of "Good Read on the Southland" features big lottery winnings, J Lo tears for Chris Medina and a little boy's dreams for a Hooters in his hometown.
We've got the scoop on what folks are talking about these days. Every Monday, however, A Good Read on the Southland keeps you in the know with the region’s must-read stories. First, the Good News: An Orland Park woman is a millionaire after winning a share in the Hoosier State Lottery with her relatives earlier this month. On Feb. 4, Ann McClelland heard from her sister, Marcha Nowaczyk of Calumet City, that they'd won the lottery. “We kept checking the number for days. We had some doubts it was real," McClelland told the Southtown. Her mother purchased the ticket. "“My mother just told the cashier to do any type, and she bought a single ‘quick pick’ for Mega Millions. The cashier picked the right ticket,” McClelland said. “My mother wants…
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Animals seized from a Tinley Park shelter are resting and under evaluation at the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge.
Dogs wearing blue “hospital” collars were resting and receiving medical care at the Animal Welfare League in Chicago Ridge after being removed Friday from a Tinley Park animal shelter. Cook County Sherriff’s police and investigators from the Animal Welfare League raided Dazzle’s Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary in unincorporated Tinley Park. Shelter director Dawn Hamill, 41, has since been charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty and neglect. According to a Cook County Sherriff’s press release, investigators found dozens of animals in unsanitary and unheated conditions, some without food or water. The sheriff’s animal control unit also found dead animals, including a miniature horse and a Himalayan cat. One cat died after…