Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Workers from the Animal Welfare League picked up animals from Dazzle's Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary on Wednesday, the same day an impromptu hearing clarified a judge's sentencing orders.
Animals being housed at Dazzle's Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary were removed by from the three-acre property Wednesday, Oct. 3, the day after the rescue's owner was sentenced on eight counts of misdemeanor violation of owner's duties. Dawn Hamill, 43, was found guilty on the eight counts of violation of owner's by a jury on Sept. 14, but was found not guilty on two more serious charges of animal cruelty and abuse. The charges stemmed from a Feb. 11, 2011, raid on Painted Pastures, where eight puppies were reportedly found in cold, filthy conditions. The animal cruelty charges she was acquitted on were related to a miniature horse and Himalayan cat found dead on the property. READ: Judge Orders Hamill to Give Up Animals …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
A Cook County judge also sentenced Dawn Hamill, owner of Dazzle's Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, to one year of probation and 30 days in a community service program for her conviction on eight misdemeanors.
In a move that a defense attorney called unexpectedly harsh, a Cook County judge sentenced the owner of a Tinley Park animal shelter Tuesday, Oct. 2, to serve a year of probation, enroll in a 30-day county work program and pay $8,000 in fines for her conviction on eight misdemeanor counts of violation of owner's duties. READ: Jury Finds Owner of Animal Rescue Guilty on 8 of 10 Charges Judge Anna Helen Demacopolous also ordered a psychiatric evaluation for the owner—Dawn Hamill, 43—saying that Hamill satisfies the state's legal definition of an animal hoarder. Until results of the evaluation come back, Hamill must surrender the animals at her Dazzle's Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary and can have no more than five personal pets…
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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 Saturday.
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 …
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Dawn Hamill, owner of Dazzle's Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, spoke Saturday to Sun-Times Media about the verdict in her animal neglect case. She was found guilty Friday on eight of 10 misdemeanor charges.
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Sunday, September 16, 2012
A day after she was found guilty on eight counts of violation of owner's duties in her animal neglect case, Dawn Hamill, owner of Dazzle's Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, presented her side of the legal proceedings to the court of public opinion, telling a reporter from Sun-Times Media that her biggest mistake was employing the wrong person. “As an owner, I hired the wrong employee," Hamill said, referring to Christine Kelly, who testified against Hamill. "I fired her before I was even arrested. (She was) the worst employee I could have ever hired.” Hamill also was found not guilty on two counts of animal neglect. READ: Check Out the Full Sun-Times Media Story for More Details Take a look at some of the other topics Hamill …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Dawn Hamill, owner of Dazzle's Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, was found guilty Friday of eight counts of violation of owner's duties and not guilty on two counts of animal neglect.
It took a jury four hours of deliberations Friday, Sept. 14, to find Dawn Hamill guilty of eight of 10 counts against her in a four-day animal abuse trial. Hamill, the owner of Dazzle’s Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, 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 Feb. 11, 2011, raid 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 neglect, stemming from the discovery of a miniature horse and a Himalayan cat found dead on the property during the same raid. READ: Sheriff's Officers Remove Animals From Local Shelter …
The jury also heard testimony Thursday from four witnesses for the defense in the animal neglect trial of Dawn Hamill, owner of Dazzle’s Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary.
The animal neglect trial of Dawn Hamill continued Thursday, Sept. 13, as witnesses for both sides testified at length about the condition of animals found during the 2011 raid of Dazzle’s Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. Hamill is charged with 10 counts of neglect, stemming from the discovery of a dead cat, a dead miniature horse and eight puppies that were reportedly found covered in feces and with urine burns. The case ended in a mistrial earlier this year; Hamill's new trial began Tuesday in Judge Anna Helen Demacopolous' Markham courtroom. The state wrapped up its case Thursday morning after calling six witnesses the day before. Prosecutors Richard Stake Jr. and Sarah Naughton called their final witness, Illinois …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The condition of animals found during a raid at Dazzle’s Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary was the focus of the testimony for the prosecution's witnesses in the animal abuse trial of owner Dawn Hamill.
Six witness took the stand for the prosecution Wednesday, Sept. 12, in the first full day of the trial of Dawn Hamill, who is accused of misdemeanor animal neglect after animals were removed from a raid of her Dazzle’s Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. The trial was briefly delayed while Judge Anna Helen Demacopolous questioned a juror about whether she had been approached by anyone about the case during a recess the day before. "Absolutely not," the juror responded. "No one at all." After there were no questions from the prosecution or the defense for the juror, Demacopolous allowed the trial to proceed. Assistant State's Attorneys Richard Stake Jr. and Sarah Naughton are prosecuting the case, which is in its second trial …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The jury was selected Tuesday in the animal cruelty and neglect case of the owner of Dazzle's Painted Pastures. But a judge needs to determine if one juror had an improper chat with one of the defendant's supporters.
Two very different portrayals of Dawn Hamill's character were given during opening statements Tuesday, Sept. 11, the first day of an animal cruelty and abuse trial of the owner of Dazzle’s Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. And it might be a scene that has to be repeated if a Cook County judge determines a juror spoke to another woman about the case in the hallway of the Markham courthouse. Prosecutors went on the record that they were told a juror had been seen speaking to a woman who appeared to be one of Hamill's supporters. The woman said she had just been speaking to the juror, who had not yet been selected, about where the restroom was located. Judge Anna Helen Demacopolous said she will question the juror Wednesday …
Monday, April 9, 2012
A new bench trial against the owner of Dazzle's Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary in Tinley Park is slated for May 2. The mistrial stems from the state's key witness being indicted on federal extortion charges.
A Cook County judge on Monday said a Tinley Park animal cruelty case will start over, ruling it a mistrial on grounds that federal extortion charges recently filed against the state’s key witness have prevented the defendant from getting a fair trial. Cook County sheriff’s police confiscated more than 100 animals from Dazzle’s Painted Pastures Animal Rescue and Sanctuary more than a year ago after a former employee complained of poor conditions. The raid, spearheaded by Officer Larry Draus, netted Painted Pastures owner Dawn Hamill more than 30 charges related to animal cruelty and neglect. Want to stay on top of breaking news in Tinley Park? Sign up for our daily newsletters and breaking news alerts. Draus, an officer with the Cook County…