Woodstock homeowner charged with animal cruelty

WOODSTOCK – The owner of a home in unincorporated Woodstock where close to 100 animals were found living in squalid conditions has been charged with 15 counts of animal neglect, according to the McHenry County Sheriff's Office.

Virginia E. Dinucci, 54, of Park Ridge, has been charged with 12 counts of violating owner’s duties and three counts of cruelty to animals.

A total of 91 animals, including a dead dog, cat and bird, were discovered living in unsafe conditions at a home on the 8600 block of Bull Run Trail on Oct. 29. That included 55 birds, 19 dogs, 11 cats and three rabbits, which were turned over to McHenry County Animal Control.

Authorities attempted to contact Dinucci on Oct. 29 after a neighbor called in a well-being check, police said. Officers later peered through a window of the home and found several dirty and unhealthy animals, with no obvious food or water available to them.

Many of the birds have since been placed in bird sanctuaries. The other animals have been evaluated, medically treated, and are available for adoption through the county’s adoption center.

Dinucci owned the residence in unincorporated Woodstock, but did not live there, Undersheriff Andrew Zinke said.

She was arrested Tuesday and has since been released from the McHenry County Jail after posting bond.