Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Diane Eldrup, 47(1) Muddy Paws cited for operating without a license and not meeting the standards of the animal welfare act

Deer Park, IL

Lake County

August 10, 2009  
Diane Eldrup, 48(2) starving 34 dogs, 3 birds & 1 opossum to death

Deer Park, IL

Lake County

December 16, 2010  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date /Courthouse

25 dogs, 3 birds, 1 opossum

(1)charges dropped


June 7, 2011

Authorities have arrested the operator of a shuttered Deer Park kennel and animal rescue after discovering 18 dead dogs and six more severely dehydrated and malnourished animals inside her shelter.

  (Photo courtesy of Bill Zars/Daily Herald)

Diane Eldrup, 48, was in custody at the Lake County jail on $250,000 bond while facing four counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony punishable by a maximum one to three years in prison.

  (Photo courtesy of Credit Lake County Sheriff)

Kildeer police said Eldrup owned the Muddy Paws Dog Rescue, a rundown ranch building at 20429 N. Rand Road, where officers made the grisly discovery. She turned herself in to Wauconda police and was taken to the jail.

Kildeer Police Chief Lou Rossi said Eldrup's estranged husband first came upon the dead dogs when he went to the facility, also his former home, with a court order allowing him to retrieve some of his belongings.  It had been closed for business for about a year, police said.

“I do not know if these animals were previous dogs she had on the premise or if they were strays she had taken in,” Rossi said. “To my knowledge these dogs run the gamut. It's not like a puppy mill.”

The village of Deer Park contracts with Kildeer for police coverage.

Lake County animal control officers  4 dogs and 2 cats all alive from the property and took them to a local animal hospital to be treated for dehydration, county health department spokeswoman Leslie Piotrowski said.

The animals were later moved to the county animal control facility in Mundelein, though one dog, a shepherd mix, remained behind in need of extra care.

“They're very emaciated and dehydrated,” Piotrowski said. “It's a long road to recovery, but the prognosis is good.”

Investigators have not yet determined how long the dogs had been left without sufficient food or water. There were no signs of decomposition, Rossi said.

Rossi said animal control is scanning any implanted tracking chips to try to learn more about potential owners, adding that he didn't know whether they were boarded animals or strays Eldrup had taken in.

Rossi hasn't been inside the building and no officers who have were available to describe the scene. Piotrowski said she heard the facility was dilapidated and covered in debris.

Rossi didn't know where the deceased animals were located but said 5 weren't discovered until the day after the initial search. Chief for just three months, he also didn't know if police had been called to the site in the past.

According to its website, Muddy Paws was a no-kill shelter with a mission to “... put an end to the unnecessary deaths of innocent creatures and to help turn Illinois into the first No-Kill State.”

The site says the facility fights against puppy mills and helps “find a warm and loving environment for those who do not hold a grudge.”

Update 12/21/10:  Prosecutors asked a Lake County judge to increase the bond of a Deer Park woman who was arrested after officials found at least 17 dead dogs at her pet rescue operation.

Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Michael Mermel said he was concerned because Diane Eldrup posted $7,000 of her $25,000 bond in $100 bills and the rest in a cashier's check.  He also voiced concern because she is from England with no known relatives in this country.

Judge Raymond Collins ordered Eldrup to turn over her passport but said he would rule on Eldrup's bond at a later hearing.

Mermel also told the judge that he was worried about Eldrup's son.  "There are custody issues with the 8-year-old boy who was living in this hellhole," he said.

Eldrup's estranged husband, Kurt, has been granted temporary custody of his son, according to his attorney, John Joanem.

Most of the dead dogs were found in the unheated home, locked in cages, Joanem said.

Update 12/29/10:  Lake County Assistant State's Attorney Michael Mermel said that he filed 32 counts of aggravated animal cruelty and animal torture against Diane Eldrup.

  (Photo courtesy of Gilbert R. Boucher II/Daily Herald)

Eldrup was initially charged with four counts of animal cruelty and torture following her arrest on Dec. 16, after the animals were discovered at Muddy Paws Dog Rescue in Deer Park.

Mermel also filed a motion to have the 4 live dogs and 2 live cats that were found at the facility forfeited, so they will be able to be placed up for adoption.

The prosecutor also revealed new details about how some of the animals perished. Many of the dogs were left to starve to death in locked cages, unable to reach the unopened food that was found in the shelter, Mermel said.  That included 2 puppies, the youngest to die, that had been placed in two small carriers that were stacked on top of each other behind a closed closet door.  "They were put in the closet, never to see the light of day again," Mermel said. "It was like being buried alive."

Some of the dogs that were not in cages were eaten by other dogs that were loose inside the facility and starved for food, he said.  Other animals "were in such a state of decay that all that was left was a puddle of fur, and you couldn't tell what kind of animal it was," Mermel said.

Eldrup's attorney, Elliot Pinsel, also was granted permission to withdraw from the case, citing a "breakdown in communication" with his client as the reason.

Eldrup remains free on bond and is due back in court next month.

Update 12/30/10:  Lake County law enforcement authorities will comb through a sampling of 5 tons to 10 tons of dog excrement in plastic garbage bags in an effort to determine the number of dead animals at Muddy Paws Dog Rescue in Deer Park.


(Photo's courtesy of Gilbert R. Boucher II/Daily Herald)

Police spent about five hours at the shuttered facility off Rand Road and recovered the bodies of 20 dogs, three birds and an opossum, Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Mike Mermel said. Authorities initially estimated 17 canines died from neglect at Muddy Paws.

Mermel called Muddy Paws “a feces-filled, carcass-covered death camp for dogs.” He said some of the deceased dogs starved to death after they were sent to Muddy Paws by other rescue operations.

At least 5 tons to 10 tons of dog excrement was found in a garage fronting Rand Road.  Mermel said it’s believed dead animals were hidden in the feces, but investigators will start by examining only 10 trash bags and halt the search if nothing is found in the sampling.

“The magnitude of this is beyond comprehension,” Mermel said as investigators worked around him in the stench wearing white protective suits and rubber gloves similar to what’s used at a hazardous materials call.

Prosecutors said $8,000 in cash and a $17,000 cashier’s check was posted by John Breseman of Algonquin to free Eldrup from the Lake County jail on the required 10 percent of a $250,000 bond. Mermel said records show Breseman, declared personal bankruptcy Dec. 14 in U.S. District Court in Rockford.

With yellow crime-scene tape around the front of Muddy Paws, Kildeer police received assistance from the Lake County sheriff’s office and other agencies. Six of the recovered dog carcasses were sent to Lake County veterinarians who are donating their services to perform animal autopsies, known as necropsies.

Mermel said it’s hoped the necropsies show a cause of death and provide an idea of how long ago the dogs perished.

Photographs shot by investigators depict a grisly scene inside the living quarters of Muddy Paws, where authorities said many of the dead dogs were discovered. Dogs were found on the floor and hidden in mattresses.

Some of the deceased dogs in the images were curled next to empty food bowls that had visible bite marks. Other photographs showed the dogs in various states of decomposition.

Mermel said investigators believe some of the dogs became so hungry they started eating dead canines.  “Incomprehensive cruelty in which these poor, helpless animals were killed,” he said.  Dead maggots were found in a refrigerator that contained food inside the living area, not far from a child’s bed, authorities said.

Waukegan police Sgt. Charlie Burleson, who handles animal abuse cases, was among those called to assist in the investigation.  “This is one of the worst torture cases I’ve probably seen,” Burleson said during a break.

  (Photo courtesy of Gilbert R. Boucher II/Daily Herald)

Visitors had started a memorial at the site. It included a cross, a plastic disc, stuffed dog, a battery-operated candle, dog treats, a squeak toy and a tennis ball.

Mermel gently placed some of the memorial items in the back of a sport-utility vehicle when police started wrapping up the day.

Update 1/5/11:  Two weeks after being rescued from squalid conditions, six Muddy Paws survivors are on their way to full recoveries thanks to the Lake County Health Department.

(Maddy is one of four dogs rescued - Photo courtesy of Jonathan Samples/Lake Zurich Patch)

(One of the animals rescued - Photo courtesy of Jonathan Samples/Lake Zurich Patch)


Karen Ross has looked after the animals since Dec. 16- Photo courtesy of Jonathan Samples/Lake Zurich Patch)

Six surviving animals taken from the Muddy Paws Dog Rescue facility have returned to good health.

Four dogs and two cats were rescued from the facility and sent to the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center.

"When the four dogs came in they were in really bad condition," said Leslie Piotrowski, spokesperson for the Lake County Health Department. "Now the dogs are all doing really well. Each one has gained about 10 pounds, and they are all very healthy."

When the animals were rescued each was severely dehydrated and malnourished Piotrowski said. One of the four dogs, a black German Sheppard/lab mix, was in worse shape than the others and had to stay an extra day at a Lake County animal hospital. After being placed under the care of a veterinarian, all of the animals, including two domestic long hair cats, made full recoveries.

Maddy, a pointer/border collie mix, along with the other animals are showing signs of life after enduring what one Lake County official has called "one of the worst cases of animal cruelty" she has seen in years.

"I can say it has been very enlightening to see the improvement in the animals since they first came here," Ross said. "All the animals were extremely thin, dehydrated and lethargic, but they all are doing very well now. It will be nice to see them enjoy a decent home in the future, something they deserve."

The health department, which currently is caring for the animals, will not take part in the adoption process once the animals are able to find permanent homes. All of the animals will be given to an adoption agency once they are able to leave the Center.

"We have received a number of calls from people and rescue groups who are interested in that already," Piotrowski said. "We're confident that eventually good homes will be found for all of them."

Update 1/26/11:  Muddy Paws Dog Rescue's main building in Deer Park had so much sewage and other problems that a Nicor Gas employee refused to check a meter and summoned authorities for a “hazardous situation” in July 2009, Kildeer police reports state.

The reports show the responding officer told Muddy Paws operator Diane Eldrup the mess should be cleaned as soon as possible, but he didn't take further immediate action. The officer stated the report was forwarded to Deer Park village hall and two other agencies.

Deer Park Village Administrator Jim Connors said he never received the police report, but it could have wound up with a private company that previously handled building and zoning matters.

Officials at the Illinois Department of Agriculture and Lake County Health Department said they received the police report.

Although the reports show some problems at Muddy Paws were documented in 2009, Lake County prosecutors say they don't know when the situation began escalating to the point of finding dogs starving to death there.

Eldrup was arrested Dec. 17 after police found the corpses of 20 dogs, 3 birds and an opossum in the building on Rand Road. Lake County prosecutors accuse Eldrup of neglecting the animals and allowing them to starve to death.

Kildeer police were periodic visitors to Muddy Paws from Feb. 9, 2009, until Eldrup's arrest, records show. Many police responses were for domestic-type calls involving Eldrup and her estranged husband.

On July 21, 2009, the Nicor employee made a service call to check a meter in Muddy Paws' basement, according to Kildeer police documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

When he reached the basement, the Nicor worker claimed he found a backed-up sump pump and 1 to 2 inches of water near the gas meter.  “(The Nicor employee) also stated he observed mold, sewage, sludge in the basement, and due to the condition he refused to check the meter,” the police report states. “(The worker) also stated he could smell the sewage inside the business, and a small child with dogs in cages were in the area.”

Kildeer police were called by the Nicor employee for what the report labeled a “hazardous situation.”  Dog urine and sewage odors in the business were noted in the responding officer's report. He also wrote that at least 2 inches of water and sewage were on the basement floor, and there was a strong mold odor.

Eldrup was informed by the officer that a hazard existed and the problems should be addressed “as soon as possible.” The officer stated the report would be sent to Deer Park, Lake County and the state's agriculture department.  “I cleared, took no further action,” the officer wrote.

Connors said the police report describing Muddy Paws would have been valuable information to Deer Park. He said it would have been proper for someone to check to see if he received the police document.  “Follow-up, follow-up, follow-up,” Connors said. “That's what people expect.”

Connors said Muddy Paws' situation has led to changes in Deer Park's annual business registration requirement. He said a new company hired for building and zoning issues will inspect a business as part of the $125 fee.

In addition, Connors said, Deer Park will verify if a business reports it is closed. He said Muddy Paws didn't have a valid registration since at least 2008, but no one checked when the building was later reported to be used only as a home.

Health department spokeswoman Leslie Piotrowski said the agency visited Muddy Paws on July 24, 2009, soon after receiving the Kildeer police report. Mark Pfister, director of population health services, said an inspection found no sewer backup but rather a sump pump problem.

Agriculture department spokesman Jeff Squibb said the Kildeer police report was received and led to an inspection. On Aug. 10, 2009, an inspector reported finding urine-soaked bedding and excessive dog feces at Muddy Paws.

Muddy Paws was cited for operating without a license and having “conditions that did not meet the standards of the animal welfare act,” according to the agriculture department. Squibb said a follow-up inspection showed a cleanup had occurred and there were no problems on Aug. 17, 2009.

Officials said Muddy Paws' state license expired June 30, 2009. Squibb said officials dropped the case against Muddy Paws on May 21, 2010, after being informed the facility closed and had no animals.

Squibb said the agriculture department did all it could in the Muddy Paws case within the confines of the law.  “To suggest somehow any of this (animal abuse) can be prevented is absurd,” Squibb said.

Pfister said the health department report noted flies in an area where pets were being groomed, which would have been three weeks after Muddy Paws' agriculture department license expired.

Update 2/10/11:   Residents and their dogs filled a room at the Vernon Hills Petco to remember the 17 dogs who died of neglect at what was once a Deer Park animal shelter.

“Let’s not forget,” said Sandy Wisniewski, founder of Animal Education and Rescue (AEAR). “If you see something that looks bad, call. Make a call to someone for the animals who can’t speak for themselves.”

  (Photo courtesy of Claudia Lenart/Algonquin Patch)

Kim Clark, who works for the Lake County State’s Attorney, which is investigating the case, said she has talked to many people who told her they thought there was something strange about the Muddy Paws animal facility, but they did not call.

  (Kim Clark, of the Lake County States Attorney's Office, with her daughter, Tess, and Sasha, a survivor of Muddy Paws who needs a good home - Photo courtesy of Claudia Lenart/Algonquin Patch)

Wisniewski said she often sees cases of animal abuse and neglect in her work with AEAR, based in Libertyville, but this case was especially disturbing.

“I started to not be able to sleep at night. I knew that the ones who survived would be OK. The ones who didn’t, were just gone. How could we not do something to honor these animals?” Wisnieski asked. “They died horrific deaths.”

Wisniewski said the situation reminded her of stories she had heard of the Holocaust, when she was a child, and how she was told that it was important to remember.

The service at Petco honored the dogs who died, and also honored the four dogs who survived. Two of the dogs have been adopted, Lily and Yanna.

Foster parent Shelly Stefanic said Sasha and Gertie are doing well at her home. “They’re not going anywhere until we find the perfect match,” she said. 

Clark said the dogs have gained about 10 to 12 pounds each and have made an amazing recovery.  “It has been very therapeutic to see how great they are doing,” said Clark after the service.

The service included prayers for the dogs. Members of the AEAR Youth Group drew cards with the animal’s names and recited memorials.

Humane volunteer Nancy Genson said the dogs deserved a better life and she hoped that the tragedy will build an awareness of animal cruelty.  “Let’s not forget the survivors. They now have warm beds and the nutritious meals they deserve. I wish love, light and peace for all the animals and all of us here today,” Genson said.

Update 2/13/11:  When Lucha came to foster parent Robinson in 2006, the dog had already had a tough life.

“She came from a puppy mill where she had two litters a year,” said Robinson, of Marshall, MN.  Lucha was missing teeth due to inadequate care at the puppy mill.

Robinson had Lucha for nine months when Eldrup applied to adopt her.

(Lucha napping and cuddling on Janice Robinson's shoulder when she was a foster dog - Photo courtesy Janice Robinson)

Update 2/19/11:   It is unlikely that Diane Eldrup will serve any jail time if convicted on charges of animal cruelty and torture for starving to death 20 dogs, 3 birds and an opossum at the Muddy Paws facility in Deer Park, according to Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Mermel.

The aggravated cruelty charge is only a Class 4 felony with at most one to three years (jail). With no priors, you would get probation. It’s less of a crime than stealing $150 at Sears (according to the law),” Mermel said.

Eldrup is charged with 16 counts of aggravated animal cruelty and 16 counts of animal torture. Animal torture is a Class 3 felony, with a maximum punishment of two to five years in jail. However, with no prior history, a person convicted of a Class 3 felony would get probation, Mermel said.

Eldrup is free on a $25,000 bond posted by John Breseman, of Algonquin, shortly after her arrest in late December.

Eldrup’s next hearing is on Feb. 22. Her new attorney John Curnyn said he hasn’t determined whether to plea or take the case to a jury trial.   “I have no idea where it’s going. I have to get police reports and discovery from the prosecutors,” Curnyn said.

Curnyn said Mermel’s statements were “optimistic for a prosecutor.”  Mermel doesn’ expect the case to drag on.  “I’ve been doing this for 35 years and I have a good handle on what is a strong overwhelming case . . . She was the only one operating Muddy Paws. To prove who’s responsible is really quite simple,” Mermel said.

“If I was her attorney I would have her plead guilty. The dogs died horrible deaths stacked in pet carriers, packed on top of each other and left to die,” Mermel said.

“Obviously there is a mental issue or some component of craziness,” Mermel said. “There’s not a lot of money in pet rescue, it’s not a money making proposition. At one point her heart was very big.”

Mermel described Eldrup as a “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” He said witnesses have made statements that she said the dogs ruined her life.

In December 2010, the Animal Legal Defense Fund ranked Illinois as the best state for its animal protection laws, or the worst state in which to be an animal abuser.

One of the reasons Illinois gained the top spot – above other high-rankers, Maine, Michigan, Oregon and California – was due to the availability of felony penalties for cruelty, neglect, fighting, abandonment and sexual assault.

The Illinois Humane Care of Animals Act also provides for mental health evaluations and/or counseling for offenders.

Update 3/17/11:  The skeleton and microchip of Lucha, a Chihuahua and Diane Eldrup’s personal pet, was found outside the back door of her residence. A dead beagle stuffed in a bag was also found at the Muddy Paws site, increasing the total of dead dogs found to 20.

(Photo courtesy Janice Robinson - Lucha was about 15 years old, she was not among the original 13 dead dogs discovered but was later found deceased)

Eldrups' attorney has entered a plea of not guilty, Mermel said.

Janice Robinson, the former foster parent of Lucha, was on a quest to find out what happened to the dog she loved, but she said this news raises more questions.

“There isn’t any relief. I don’t know why or how she died. In a way it makes it a lot worse. If you care about a dog, you don’t just leave it by the back door like garbage,” Robinson said.

Robinson said Eldrup’s son, Tyler, was very close to Lucha. She thought Tyler’s attachment to Lucha would have prevented Eldrup from harming the dog.

The dogs were found after Kurt Eldrup, estranged husband of Diane Eldrup, went to the residence to retrieve some belongings. When he moved a desk, he found a Beagle, named Leo, wrapped in a garbage bag, explained Kim Clark, of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office. Clark was helping Robinson in her search for Lucha while she has been gathering information for the criminal case.

As Kurt Eldrup exited the house, he saw a small skeleton by the back door that had probably been under snow previously. An officer from Lake County Animal Control found the microchip that confirmed the remains were that of Lucha.

“So many elements don’t add up. If she died of natural causes, why put the body out there? Why not bury it or throw it in the garbage. Nothing makes sense,” Clark said.

Lucha’s body would have been easily seen from the windows in the residence and would have been seen whenever Eldrup or her son used the back door, Clark said.

Leo, the Beagle, was given to Muddy Paws by a family in February, 2010, who thought Eldrup would find an adoptive home for the pet.   “They thought she would get a good home. They had a son, age 7, who loved the dog. The dog was age 2,” Clark said. “She didn’t get any money from the family. Why take an animal in when there are dying one’s there?”

Clark suspects that more animals than those found may have died of neglect at Muddy Paws. She wonders if the rescue operation at Muddy Paws saved any dogs.  “How many dogs did she save? People aren’t coming forward saying they adopted a dog from her,” Clark said.

Robinson has found some peace after learning that Lucha’s death will be added to the charges. Robinson said the word Lucha means "to fight" in Spanish.  “She did fight . . . she survived the puppy mill, and she had a wonderful life after that, at least until Diane lost her mind.  Lucha and Tyler were so cute together. I’m so glad that they had each other in their lives,” Robinson said.

The indictment on additional charges will go before a grand jury on March 23.

Update 4/11/11:  Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Mermel announced in court, today, that the remains of 15 more dead dogs were found at the Muddy Paws site in Deer Park. That brings the total to 34 dogs and three birds suspected of being starved to death at the former rescue/boarding facility.

“The animals were so deteriorated. They were really just little piles of fur,” Mermel said.

At the hearing, Mermel said he would not file additional charges against Diane Eldrup, owner of Muddy Paws. Eldrup is charged with 19 counts of aggravated cruelty and 19 counts of animal torture.

In a previous interview, co-prosecutor Suzanne Willett explained that any additional charges would not strengthen the case.

Eldrup and her attorney John Curnyn were in court for a hearing on bond resource. Mermel had filed a motion to determine the source of the $25,000 bond posted on behalf of Eldrup.

Curnyn countered with a motion to strike the hearing. Curnyn argued that the law allowing discovery of bail funds was written for drug cases, where the funds were suspected to be illegally obtained.  “This doesn’t meet intent; this is not a drug case,” Curnyn said.

“The other allegations in the motion have no basis -- because the defendant didn’t post bond, there are not assurances the defendant will show up in court. That could be said in any case where a friend posts bail,” Curnyn said.

Mermel argued that Eldrup did not have funds to post the $25,000 bail because her home had been foreclosed. He said Algonquin resident John Breseman posted the bail money with $8,000 in cash and a $17,000 cashier’s check. Mermel said he assumed Breseman could not come up with the funds because he had foreclosed on a home and had had filed bankruptcy in court just nine days before posting the bond.

Curnyn said Breseman’s bankruptcy filing was dismissed.

Judge James Booras decided to strike the motion for a hearing on bond resource. He said Mermel did not demonstrate reasonable cause that the bond money was obtained illegally.

Prosecutors originally charged Diane Eldrup with 34 counts of aggravated cruelty and animal torture. In March, Kurt Eldrup returned to the home to retrieve belongings and discovered two more dead dogs. Diane Eldrup was charged with four more additional counts of aggravated cruelty and animal torture on March 23.

Kurt Eldrup said that the 15 recently discovered dead dogs were piled up near an area outside where his son would have played.

Kurt Eldrup said he filed a complaint with DCFS, back in 2008, because he was concerned about the hygiene of the Muddy Paws complex. He said his son smelled bad when he would pick him up for visitation. The complaint was investigated, but DCFS found no abuse. Kurt Eldrup could not go inside the Muddy Paws boarding facility/residence because Diane Eldrup had an order of protection against him.

The Department of Agriculture also investigated complaints of animal cruelty in 2008 and concluded the claims were unfounded, according to legal letters provided by Kurt Eldrup.

The case against Diane Eldrup for aggravated cruelty and animal torture is set to go to trial on May 20.

Update 5/3/11:  Prosecutors offered a plea to Eldrup.  Eldrup is being asked to plead guilty to the 19 counts of aggravated animal cruelty, a Class 4 felony, with a maximum punishment of one to three years in jail. In exchange for the plea, Eldrup would not be prosecuted for the Class 3 felony charges for animal torture, which carry a maximum sentence of five years in jail.

“Animal torture is difficult to prove. It’s difficult no matter how heinous the crime,” Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Mermel said.  “No matter how we may feel in animal protection, it is highly unlikely she would get the maximum of three years,” Mermel said.

Even though the Animal Legal Defense Fund considers Illinois one of the best states for its animal protection law, most animal abusers do not go to jail.

Mermel said, even if Eldrup accepts the open plea, the prosecution would still recommend a prison sentence.  “It will be up to the judge to decide what he wants to do,” Mermel said.

Eldrup’s attorney, John Curnyn, asked Judge James Booras for a conference on June 7 to discuss the plea.

If Eldrup decides to plead guilty to aggravated animal cruelty, a sentencing date would be set. If she decides not to plead guilty, the case would go to trial.

Update 5/12/11:  The Muddy Paws building, where Diane Eldrup is suspected to have starved 34 dogs to death, is going down. A demolition crew, M. Rizzi & Son, arrived to begin the process of erasing the former dog rescue and boarding facility from the Deer Park landscape.

  (Photo courtesy of Cladia Lenart/Algonquin Patch)

"This is where my beautiful Lucha lived, suffered and died," said Janice Robinson, a foster parent of one of the dogs who died at Muddy Paws. Robinson said she was brought to tears upon hearing of the demolition.

Pete Rizzi, of M. Rizzi & Son, said the company was contracted by the bank to demolish the building. The former home and business of Diane Eldrup and her estranged husband, Kurt Eldrup, was foreclosed. IBT Holdings is listed as the current owner, in real estate records.


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