CAMPTON HILLS – A Campton Hills woman, who police said kept 13 dogs in a house covered with feces, has been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty, Campton Hills police said in a report.
Anne Marie W. Cosgriff-Powell, 35, of the 40W900 block of Route 64, Campton Hills, also was cited with having too many dogs at her residence.
A police officer – along with a village zoning officer and Kane County Animal Control warden – visited Cosgriff-Powell's residence May 12 after receiving a complaint, police reported.
Upon their arrival, police said, they could hear several dogs barking inside the house and saw trash blocking the front door. Cosgriff-Powell said she had 13 dogs in her house and claimed to work for an animal rescue and was licensed, police reported.
The zoning officer reportedly told her that didn't matter because animal rescues aren't allowed within the village, and households aren't allowed to have more than three dogs.
Upon the Animal Control warden's request, the group went inside the home. Police said the family room and kitchen area were covered in dog feces. Three dogs shared a cage; two dogs shared a cage; and some cages appeared too small for the dogs it contained, police said. Some bowls were in the cages, but none reportedly had water.
Additionally, police reported, trays at the bottom of some cages were overflowing with a combination of urine, water and dissolved feces.
"The stench was overpowering," police reported.
Cosgriff-Powell was given 24 hours to come into compliance. The smell reportedly remained when officials returned May 13.
"Within a couple of minutes in the residence, this officer was on the verge of gagging," police reported.
Cosgriff-Powell had complied, police reported, noting only two dogs were caged, and one dog was in another room.
Campton Hills Police Chief Dan Hoffman said she had taken four dogs to DuPage County Animal Care and Control and some to Kane County Animal Control.
A police report dated May 14 indicated that a veterinarian with Kane County Animal Control said the dogs were sick with diarrhea and fever and were in quarantine. The veterinarian didn't know what their illness was or if the sickness could be transferred to humans or other pets, police said.