- Illinois, USA -
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick announced that 34-years-old EYRINA JACQUELINE BUENO (pictured), is facing fourteen (14) misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, and three (3) misdemeanor counts of violation of owner’s duties, in reference to an investigation into the welfare of twelve dogs in her care.
Additionally, BUENO is facing one (1) misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals and three (3) misdemeanor counts of violation of owner’s duties in connection with the welfare of a 5-year-old female American Bulldog named Climax in her care.
According to a news release by the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office, on March 19, 2023, Climax suffered a burst mammary tumor but BUENO waited until the afternoon of March 21, 2023, to take the furbaby to the vet. Climax “was unable to walk due to actively suffering from emaciation” stated the release. The release went on to say that the vet advised BUENO that “the most humane care for Climax would be euthanasia due to her suffering from the burst mammary tumor, multiple untreated tumors, starvation, malnutrition, severe muscle loss, and severe arthritis.”
Following an investigation into Climax’s condition, authorities executed a search warrant at BUENO’s home in the 25W400 block of Lake Street in Roselle on May 25, 2023.
The search led to the discovery and removal of a total of twelve (12) dogs. Officials found one (1) adult Doberman, four (4) American Bulldog puppies, and seven (7) adult American Bulldogs all living in inhumane conditions.
The adult dogs ranged in age from two to nine years old while the puppies were approximately two months old.
All the Voiceless Victims were in inadequate medical condition with some “suffering punctures in the face, moderate to severe Moth-Eaten Alopecia (hair loss), heartworm, worn-down teeth, respiratory distress, skin infections, bladder stones, and bacterial infections” stated the release. Furthermore, at least of one the puppies had their ears cropped by “someone other than a medical professional.”
All twelve furbabies are at DuPage County Animal Care and Control and are receiving the medical attention they need and deserve.
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in a statement: “As with every case that comes through my office, charging decisions are based on the evidence and the law. Had the evidence and law supported felony charges, my office would have charged Mrs. Bueno accordingly.”
BUENO’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 19, 2023, for status in front of Judge Jill Otte.
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BUENO’s mugshot shared from the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office.