McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies doing a well-being check on a Woodstock homeowner who had not been seen for weeks discovered her home was filled with 91 animals including a dead dog, cat and bird, according to reports.
Deputies arrived at the home, 8617 Bull Run Trail, Monday to check on the homeowner. Due to the appearance of the home and a strong odor coming from inside, deputies entered the residence, reports stated.
While the homeowner was not located, sheriff’s deputies observed several animals in the home with no visible signs of food or water, according to reports. The home was also filled with feces, deputies said.
The sheriff’s office contacted McHenry County Animal Control for assistance with the animals within the residence. A search warrant was obtained to search the residence and care for the animals. After the execution of the search warrant a total of 91 animals were found: 19 dogs, 11 cats, 3 rabbits, 55 birds and a deceased dog, cat, and bird.
All the animals were turned over to Animal Control.
Investigators had been looking for the homeowner, Virginia E. Dinucci, 54, and were concerned about her well being, reports stated. Ultimately, Dinucci was located in a Park Ridge apartment, deputies said.
The investigation into this incident is still ongoing.