Charges Add Up for Muddy Paws’ Eldrup
Eldrup charged with animal torture and aggravated cruelty for deaths of Chihuahua and beagle.
Diane Eldrup was charged with four more counts, two each of animal torture and aggravated cruelty, for the deaths of Leo, a beagle, and Lucha, a Chihuahua, when a grand jury convened on March 23, said Kim Clark, of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office.
That brings the total charges to 38 for Eldrup, the owner of Muddy Paws, a boarding facility in Deer Park. Eldrup is accused of starving to death 19 dogs-- most of them she took in as rescues--as well as three birds who were her personal pets.
Lucha was Eldrup’s personal pet as well and was found outside the back door at Muddy Paws recently. Janice Robinson, former foster parent of Lucha, said she was grateful for the additional charges.
Leo came to Muddy Paws when his family could no longer keep him. According to Clark, the family believed Eldrup would find a good home for the beagle. Leo was found stuffed in a garbage bag inside the residence in mid-March.