“OMG…Why is Hamill still allowed to operate an animal rescue sanctuary, after so many were seized?? Crazy”

TINLEY PARK, Ill. — A Cook County judge has ordered a new trial for the owner of a suburban Chicago animal sanctuary charged with neglect and cruelty.

Cook County Judge Christopher Donnelly on Monday approved the motion for mistrial from 42-year-old Dawn Hamill’s attorney. The ruling was made after a Cook County investigator who was to be a witness in Hamill’s trial was charged with extortion in an unrelated case.

The Tinley Park woman’s was charged in February 2011, when officers found dead animals at her facility. They also seized 63 dogs, 31 cats and six rabbits and removed 30 horses, ponies, sheep, goats and llamas.

 Hamill’s new trial is set for May 2. Her attorney, Purav Bhatt, says she still operates the animal rescue and sanctuary.