Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Woman charged in dog deaths

By Brian Stanley, The Herald-News

A woman was arrested Monday after six pit bulls who had been in her care died last month from apparent neglect.Ida V. Baker, 35, of 404 Hillside Road, was booked into the county jail on a charge of cruelty to animals and released Tuesday on a $500 bond.
Will County sheriff's spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer said Baker first came to the attention of Joliet Township Animal Control officers in March 2008 when they visited her residence and found several dogs suffering from "bad skin conditions."
"She said it was a recent development and would be taking them to a vet, though it appears she never did so," Hoffmeyer said.
During another check in November 2009, an animal control officer reportedly found "a black pit bull missing approximately 40 percent of its body hair and needing care." Baker was not home at the time, but was told the dog needed treatment, reports said.
Sheriff's police were contacted June 9, when animal control officers confiscated a pit bull named Malibu and her five puppies all suffering from skin conditions, Hoffmeyer said.
Animal control officers took the six dogs from Baker and took them to a local veterinarian who determined all of the animals were malnourished and infested with fleas.
"Malibu was euthanized because of 'severe' mange," Hoffmeyer said. "And one by one each of the puppies subsequently became sick and had to be euthanized also."
After animal control officers completed their reports for the sheriff's office, a detective obtained an arrest warrant for Baker last week, reports said.

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