Sentencing for Painted Pastures Owner Delayed; Case's Prosecutor Accused of Biting Man

Dawn Hamill, owner of Dazzle's Painted Pastures Rescue and Animal Sanctuary, will receive her sentence in her animal neglect case next week. Meanwhile, prosecutor Sarah Naughton is on leave after being charged in a brawl outside a lingerie shop Sat

UPDATED: 1:14 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26

Sentencing for Dawn Hamill, the owner of Dazzle's Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary who was found guilty this month of eight counts of violation of owner's duties, has been delayed for a week.

The sentencing will be Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Cook County Judge Anna Helen Demacopoulous' Markham courtroom after the judge has time to review a mitigation packet submitted Tuesday, Sept. 25, by defense attorney Purav Bhatt.

READ: Jury Finds Owner of Animal Rescue Guilty on 8 of 10 Charges

Bhatt told Patch in an interview after Tuesday's short hearing that the packet contains documents and letters of character references for Hamill—things that couldn't be admitted during Hamill's four-day trial.

Hamill was accused of eight misdemeanor counts of violation of owner's duties in connection to eight puppies reportedly found in cold, filthy conditions during a on her property. She was found guilty on those eight counts but the seven-man, five-woman jury found her not guilty on two other counts of animal cruelty, stemming from the discovery of a miniature horse and a Himalayan cat found dead on the property during the same raid.

Bhatt and Hamill have adamantly stressed that she was not found guilty of animal cruelty, which is the more serious of the charges.

"Those [cruelty] charges would have more significant jail time and penalties," Bhatt explained.


Bhatt and Hamill are also confident that the packet submitted of Hamill's achievements and recommendations from colleagues in the animal welfare industry will influence Demacopolous during sentencing.

"It will give the judge some insight into Dawn's character that wasn't heard during the trial," Bhatt said.

"I trust [Bhatt] fully," Hamill added. "He's looking out for my best interests."

Prosecutors Richard Stake Jr. and Sarah Naughton had painted Hamill as a selfish employer who neglected her animals, causing ill health and conditions. But Hamill's defense was that a former employee had brought new animals, overwhelming the property and she was in the process of getting the excess animals removed when officials raided her property.

READ: Follow the Case From Raid to Verdict in Our Special Section

Stake was in court Tuesday, but Naughton was absent. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Naughton was charged with misdemeanor battery and criminal trespassing after allegedly biting a man on the leg during a suspected drunken brawl outside a lingerie shop Saturday, Sept. 22.

At around 7:25 p.m., Naughton and Bradley Gould, 31, were asked to leave Taboo Tabou on Belmont Avenue because they were causing a disturbance and seemed drunk, the report stated.

Once outside, Gould shoved the manager of a neighboring store, and that's when Naughton allegedly bit the manager on the leg, the report continued. The bite broke skin, and the manager was treated at a hospital and released, according to the report.

A spokeswoman for Cook County State's Attorney's Office told the newspaper that Naughton has been placed on paid administrative leave and won't be allowed to litigate while her case is pending. The state's attorney's office also is doing its own internal investigation, according to the report.

A YouTube video of Naughton being taken in to custody by Chicago Police shows her calling the officers names and complaining that the handcuffs are hurting her. (Editor's note: The video is NSFW because it contains obscene language.)


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Paul LaFranco September 25, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Sarah Naughton tried unsuccessfully to prosecute me, I won my case very easily though. Sarah Naughton is the type of person if she can't win on the merits of the case she will then resort to personal attacks on the defendant. In a large part thats how she won the case against Dawn Hamill , her whole case was bulit on lies, and personal attacks. It seems as here in Cook county, the people prosecuting animal crimes cases are very much flawed. Look at Larry Draus, the Cook county cop incharge of the now defunked animal crimes unit, he was arrested last March by ATF for cigarette smuggling, and extortion, and is facing felony jail time. Now it seems as if it's his good friend, and partner in corruption Sarrah Naughton's turn to have a run-in with the law, and make a fool out of herself in public. Go to You Tube, and type in drunk states attorney vs cop to see the pitiful video of this states attorney. But even through all this Draus and Naughton have their followers who stand by them no matter what they do, these people are sooo very misguided to the point that they are Draus and Naughton's useful idiots.
Carol Nita September 25, 2012 at 08:52 PM
THIS case is not built on lies. These animals were clearly neglected and abused. The money donated for them was used for everything except them. Ms. Hamil is NOT an animal lover. She is a cruel, heartless person. She sure knows how to con peiople out of money!
Paul LaFranco September 25, 2012 at 10:17 PM
The case was built on lies, I'll give you a good example. Sarah Naughton stated that it takes weeks for puppies to get it that condition, well the fact is that Christine Kelly brought the dogs to Dawn's place on Sunday, the following Friday Dawn was raided, that means the puppies were only there for five days before the raid. Also the puppies were taken care of on Thursday night at 10pm, on Friday morning Draus and his little friends started the raid on Dawn, and wouldn't let her take care of any animals from that point on, the pictures of the puppies were taken at least 14 hrs after they were last taken care of on Thursday night. So yes eight puppies can make a BIG mess if left unattended for at least 14hrs! And all because Draus wouldn't let Dawn take care of the animals on Friday after the raid started, I guess he needed "good messy" pictures and knew just how to get them.
Bernie September 26, 2012 at 01:17 AM
The puppies were not brought there on Sunday! If you paid attention at all you would have known the puppies arrived 3 weeks before the raid. Dawn and Christy both testified to that. This case has nothing to do with Sara Naughton or Larry Draus, it is about animals being abused. Just because Larry was one of the officers there the day of the raid does not change the facts and what Sara does on her own time should not effect the case at all. Dawn was found guilty and needs to face the punishment she is given. Her lawyer can drag it out as long as he wants in the end she is still going to be guilty. And lets not forget she still has more charges to face for acting as a vet and falsifying rabies vaccines. This is far from over.
Lisa Esposito September 26, 2012 at 02:28 AM
such hatred really - people i can only hope when your time for judgement comes - you can stand tall since you really seem to enjoy judging others
Dina September 26, 2012 at 02:58 AM
La Franco, Get your facts in order.Larry was not arrested for cigarette smuggling and HAS NOT been found guilty of anything unlike you friend Dazzle Dawn.Again you DID NOT win your case.Were the dogs returned to you and you spineless wife??? No they were not.Why were you not at the entire trial for Dazzle Dawn??? You seemed to get the Judge a bit irritated,imagine that....You have a lot of nerve calling anyone one a useless idiot.Anyone that would defend anyone like Dazzle Dawn has to be a complete idiot.You know you neglected the poor animals that were signed over by you and your spineless wife.People like you should not throw stones....Anyone that would neglect or abuse any animal is a useless piece of crap.There were 12 individuals that found Dazzle Dawn GUILTY.CASE CLOSED...By the way YOU ARE A USELESS IDIOT !!
Taylor September 26, 2012 at 03:16 AM
It appears Paul's smear campaign has backfired.... Karma.
Paul LaFranco September 26, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Dina, Dina ,Dina, You poor wretched soul, Lisa is right your sooo full of hate, is there anything else in your life besides spewing hatred? And please read the comments more clearly, the term I used is useful idiots, thats the term Nickoli Lennon used for the poor people who blindly followed him during the Bolshevic revolution to over throw the Czars. I don't know where you get your info (I really do) but I was found NOT GUILTY, and my wife and I were compensated for everything in the lawsuits that were settled. You claim Draus is innocent until proven guilty, well your full of double standards aren't you? Did you consider me innocent until proven not guilty? It seems when you can't argue the merits, you then just resort to personal attacks, well all I can say is sticks and stones, and I will be at Draus's trial, every single day of it. May God have mercy on your pitiful soul
Paul LaFranco September 26, 2012 at 03:45 AM
No smear campaign, don't know where you dreamed that one up, just the TRUTH. First karma came to Draus, then Naughton, and if you all don't change your hateful ways karma just might come to all you as well. Begood Twome, you need a few prayers said for you as well. As they say," The truth will set you free"
Paul LaFranco September 26, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Anyone who is neutral and reads your hatred will know the score, keep on spewing your lies and hatred, karma likes your type.
Paul LaFranco September 26, 2012 at 04:46 AM
If you think Im going to crawl into the septic tank with you, your out of your mind. Keep spouting off with your hatred, and lies, all your doing is making a fool out of yourself on a public forum. Im above that, I won't sink to your level.
Joe Vince (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 07:01 AM
I have removed Begood Twome's comments because of the personal attacks in them. His account also has been suspended. A blogger for The Atlantic has compared comment sections to a dinner party, and I think it's an appropriate description. Commenters are guests, and the site's editor is the host. As host, I encourage thoughtful and engaging conversation during dinner. Begood Twome's comments were pretty much the equivalent of someone walking into the party, insulting everyone and then blowing his/her nose on the drapes. These sections are here to discuss issues, debate points and even cast a critical light on individuals. But if you're just going to take cheap shots, don't waste your time or anyone else's by posting them here. Joe Vince Local Editor
Larry September 26, 2012 at 12:00 PM
I AGREE with Joe Vince,STOP BASHING EACH OTHER!! Show some respect,Life is too Short,instead of fighting over this situation,go out and rescue an animal from a local shelter!!!
Dina September 26, 2012 at 01:19 PM
The one and only point that is a fact is Dazzle Dawn was found GUILTY by the Jury on 8 counts.She will pay for what she has done.Anyone that could neglect or abuse ANY ANIMAL needs to be PUNISHED.La Franco I will not waste anymore of my time on you.You are a sad example of a human being.
Dina September 26, 2012 at 01:32 PM
La Franco I am proud and stand tall.I never break the law and never would abuse or neglect an animal.I will not waste another minute of my time on you.
Dr. Dennis Gaeta September 26, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I bought my dog, Lola, from Dawn. I saw nothing but well fed, happy animals at this place. For months afterwards Dawn would want to make sure Lola was with a good family and begged us to bring her back if she was ever unwanted. Dawn.'s mission was to prevent euthanasia of these unwanted animals. If she had more than she could handle it was because of her heart of gold. She knew these animals would b slaughtered in time and she was rescuing them. She asked us for old towels and quilts; not for money! She probably doesnt remember us but i remember the blind Collie, Mr. Murray, and the horse and pig and all of her know how and fortitude. Amazing dedication to animals who clearly loved her back. And today we learn that the prosecutor actually bit another human being! Omg, people. Consider the source. I hope the judge dismisses with prejudice.
Karina September 26, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Rather than whip insults at each other, take action. If you feel strongly about Dazzle Dawn's treatment of animals, contact her contributors, let them know you will take your business to their competitors until they discontinue their support of animal abuse. http://dazzlespaintedpastures.org/contributors
Paul LaFranco September 26, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Joe Vince, I would like to thank you for letting common sense and decency prevail on this sight, I gave my opinion, and was as you well know was personally attacked. I didn't want to sink to the level of those who were attacking me personally because there is nothing I could have said to them to damage them more than THEY damaged themselves with all the foul things they were saying about me. I do however truely hope they can get their lives in order, and stop the hate speech. Dr.Dennis Gaeta, thank you for the kind words about Dawn Hamill, I too know her very well and she is a good and decent person who really got rail-roaded, most people don't know that Dawn has saved more dogs, and cats from death row than almost anyone in the area. She would go to animal care and control, and the animal welfare league and find out which animals were due to be executed, and rescue them and bring them back to HER shelter to hopefully find homes for them. And if she couldn't find homes for them, they would live-out the rest of their lives with Dawn taking care of them.
Dina September 26, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Karina, Great response.She has been reported to the Internal Revenue Service and LIsa Madigan's Office regarding the monetary donations she has received.I hope everyone will take your advice and contact the list of organizations that donated to her.I sure hope they are not donating any longer.There are plenty of other Shelters that can use the donations for their Animals and actually use it for the right purpose.
Paul LaFranco September 26, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Are you sure your not confusing Dawn Hamill with the piece on WGN? The WGN piece says that "Cheri Travis animal rights activist and city commissioner questioned over $70,000". The piece is dated Sept,25, 2012, the piece alleges that Cheri Travis is being investigated by the Il attorney general Lisa Madigan for taking $70,000 in charitable contributions, and giving her mother $55,000, and $15,000 to a close friend.
Dellaney September 26, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Paul, With all due respect, I have worked with Dawn Hamill personally on several projects and the accusations are true. I witnessed with my own eyes when she kicked a dog and justified it with 'I'm teaching him not to jump" Thats not abuse? She has done some good, but for selfish reasons. She does it for the money and small town celebrity status. She is fake outside and inside and not as nice as people think. Blaming an employee for her mistakes is as silly as blaming you or I. I hope she does go to jail, so she can think about what she has done and hopefuly rehabilitate herself. If you know her personally then you know she has serious deep rooted issues.


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