Sheriff Officers Discover 91 Animals in Bull Valley Home; Owner Found in Park Ridge

Animals were left without food or water, sheriff officials said. Three dead animals included a dog, cat and bird, authorities said.


What started out as a well-being check at a Bull Valley home turned into a rescue mission of 91 animals left without food or water, according to McHenry County Sheriff Keith Nygren.

At about 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sheriff deputies were called to a home at 8617 Bull Run Trail, located southeast of Mason Hill and South Country Club Road east of Woodstock.

The incoming report stated the homeowner, 54-year-old Virginia E. Dinucci, had not been seen for several weeks and a strong odor was emitting from the home, Nygren said in a press release. 

Due to the appearance and odor, deputies entered the house to check on Dinucci. Officers weren't able to locate her, or anyone else.

However, deputies found several animals and feces scattered on the floor throughout the residence. There were no visible signs of food or water made available for these animals, Nygren said.

McHenry County Animal Control was contacted for assistance, and a search warrant was obtained to collect and care for the animals.

In the end, a total of 91 animals were found: 19 dogs, 11 cats, 3 rabbits, 55 birds and a deceased dog, cat, and bird.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Bureau immediately began looking for Dinucci, and was concerned for her safety, Nygren said. With assistance from the Park Ridge Police Department, deputies today contacted Dinucci at an apartment in the 1700 block of Pavilion Way, in Park Ridge.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office is being assisted in the investigation by the McHenry County Animal Control and the Park Ridge Police Department.

Further inquires about the animals and their well being should be forwarded to Animal Control. The investigation into this incident is still ongoing.


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DebbieFranklin October 30, 2012 at 11:23 PM
What in the heck is wrong with people? I think that animal abuse is about as low as humans can go! Karma is a *****!
Stephanie Price October 30, 2012 at 11:56 PM
I don't know...I have one dog and she's a handful all by herself. Sounds like the Sheriff's officers arrived just in time to help all these animals.
Cynthia T October 31, 2012 at 03:58 AM
People should go through all the paper work like they do for adopting a child.. Months of visits and everything else.. Animals are like children... Would you leave your child alone with no food would you????
cynthia November 01, 2012 at 03:23 PM
we need to write to our politicans and ask them to strenghthen the laws for animal abuse. In this case these animals were being left in this rented home to DIE a horrible death and this women should go to prision for a long time. Where there is animal abuse their is human abuse. Many studies to prove it. Make this women an example and throw the book at her. Please consider calling our useless McHenry County States Attorney and demand that they press full charges otherwise they are likely to "Just let it go" like they do so many crimes in McHenry co.
TIna November 01, 2012 at 05:01 PM
She just moves & forgets she has a house full of animals that depend on her? Please proscute her, don't let her get away with this McHenry County.


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