A Zion woman has been charged with abandoning multiple dogs over the summer in the extreme heat, causing one to die and the others to be injured.
Jasmine A. Freeman, 28, of the 2100 block of Gabriel Avenue Zion, was indicted by a grand jury on one count of aggravated cruelty to an animal, four counts of cruel treatment of an animal and six counts of animal owner’s duties violation.
A grand jury indictment alleges Freeman abandoned a male blue nose pitbull around August 27 when it was 80-95 degrees outside.
Freeman intentionally did not provide adequate food, water and shelter to the animal, causing its death, the indictment said.
Freeman also allegedly abandoned a second male pitbull and a female pitbull, causing both to suffer injury from the lack of food, water and shelter.
The indictment stated that Freeman unlawfully tethered the three dogs on a rope or leash which was shorter than 10 feet long.
The most serious charge against Freeman, aggravated cruelty to an animal, is a Class 4 felony that carries a prison sentence of 1-3 years if convicted.
The arrest warrant for Freeman, served in late October, carried a $50,000 cash bond.
Court documents show the woman was released from the Lake County Jail around November 12 after the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office agreed to allow Freeman to be released on a personal recognizance bond, which is where a cash deposit does not need to be posted.
Freeman is scheduled to appear in court again on December 1 for an arraignment hearing.