Two St. Charles Township residents — one of whom is still at large — are facing animal cruelty charges after a sheriff’s deputy found three deceased dogs and 10 dogs “in varying degrees of health” at their home on West Drive.
According to a Kane County Sheriff’s Office news release, deputies were dispatched on May 29 to 7N104 West Drive (also listed as 1084 West Drive) in unincorporated St Charles Township to investigate a report of an animal hoarding situation.
The deputy attempted to make contact with the homeowner, but no one answered the door.
The next day (Saturday, May 30), the deputy went back to the residence and, while attempting to make contact with the homeowner, discovered a garbage bag laying outside the residence that smelled like decomposing remains.
According to reports, the bag was partially open, and the deputy could see the deceased remains of what appeared to be a small dog.
The deputy was able to locate the homeowner who allowed the deputy inside her residence. The deputy located another deceased dog outside the residence and third deceased dog inside.
Kane County Animal Control responded to the residence along with a veterinarian, the news release said. The remains of the three deceased dogs were taken to Kane County Animal Control.
Nine dogs, in varying degrees of health, were also taken from the home and transported to Kane County Animal Control, reports said.
The homeowner, Emily Chesterfield, 27, was charged with two misdemeanors: one count of cruel treatment to animals and one count of violating the Humane Care of Animals Act. She was issued a Notice to Appear and released.
On Thursday (June 4, 2020), employees of Kane County Animal Control, along with a Sheriff’s deputy, served a search warrant at the home.
During the search, officials located another dog and a bearded dragon, an Australian lizard in the genus Pogona, in a makeshift room in the garage, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The Sheriff’s Office report said the dog was in “neglected condition.” Animal Control took possession of the animal.
The investigation determined that William Chesterfield, a relative of Emily, was living in the room and responsible for the care of the dog. William Chesterfield was charged with two misdemeanor counts of Failure to Supply Proper Food and Water.
He was given a court date of July 10, 2020.
Upon completion of the investigation, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office authorized a Class 4 felony count of Aggravated Animal Cruelty against Emily Chesterfield.
A warrant has been issued for Emily Chesterfield’s arrest.
SOURCE: Kane County Sheriff’s Office news release