Abuse & Neglect

Animal House takes in many special needs animals.  We take care of any ailment or surgery that needs to be done on any animal we rescue including, but not limited to: heart worm treatments, cruciate ligament repair, patella surgery, FHO, heart surgery, diabetes, anxiety disorders, auto immune deficiencies, liver shunts etc.  On average, AHS takes in at least one animal per week that has one of the above ailments or needs surgery.  We do not believe that any animal should be left to be euthanized at a high kill facility because they are sick or injured.  Society has already failed them at one point in time and someone needs to speak up and rescue those that are defenseless and without a voice.  That is who we are are and that is what Animal House Shelter has always been about.  These ailments & surgeries are extremely expensive and we need the communities help to not leave these poor souls to be discarded with no one to care for them.
ATTENTION!!!   Should you receive or have any information related to suspected dog fighting or animal abuse/neglect, please do not hesitate to contact Steven Davis directly. His team will take immediate action.

Steven Davis

Director: Star #81

Animal Crimes Investigations Unit

Cook County Sheriff’s Police




There is hope for Virginia!

virginia collage

Even though Animal House shelter receives hundreds of emails every day with heart wrenching photos of animals in need of rescue, when sweet Virginia’s picture showed up in our inbox, we couldn’t help but weep for this poor baby girl. She had such a terrible case of demodectic mange and was missing so much of her hair that it was hard to even tell what color her coat was. The legions of scabs and sores covering her body were larger than the tiny patches of hair that were still managing to grow. Her eyes were swollen shut due to entropian of both of her lower eyelids. This is a condition in which the eyelid folds inward causing the eyelashes to constantly rub against the cornea and irritate it. It is excruciatingly painful and creates a state of almost constant infection. Despite all of this, she would still manage a lethargic thump of her tail and a lick to the nose when an AHS staff member would hold her and caress her. Virginia was placed in foster care, put on a rigorous treatment regimen for her mange and had surgery performed to correct her entropian eyelids. Now, because of the loving care given to her by Animal House Shelter, Virginia is not even recognizable as the same dog that came to us only a few short months ago. She is full of spunk and energy and can’t get enough of belly rubs and romping in our play yard with her doggy friends. Please consider donating to AHS so that we can continue to give dogs like Virginia the chance at life that they so greatly deserve!

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 Lady Bug Loves her new family members!

Anna & Lady Bug

Anna & Lady Bug becoming acquainted.

Anna & Lady Bug on a sunny day!

Anna & Lady Bug – friends forever!

Lady Bug Update:
Lady Bug Finds Her Forever Home!
Lesley Irwin has officially adopted Lady Bug. She is doing well and currently being spoiled as much as possible in her new home. Lady Bug just can’t give up the habit of giving hugs and kisses to everyone that she comes in contact with which is her way of thanking everyone for her wonderful new life. We would like to thank everyone who helped Lady Bug in her journey to today! You have helped her find happiness for the rest of her days! Hugs and Kisses to All from Lady Bug!


Lady Bug Update: 

By AHS Founder, Lesley Irwin

Hi Everyone!
Ladybug had a big day today. I could barely get her out of bed this morning because she has become so attached to it!  Once she discovered the bed & comforter she fell in love.  I thought I would have to pick her up initially to get her on the bed because she wouldn’t be able to jump that high but after the 1st time, she leaps up there and buries herself in the blankets.  I wake up every morning to her laying on the pillow right next to me like a little person, it is so adorable!!!
She went to the vet.  He does not believe she is pregnant at this time-yay!- so keep your fingers crossed The clavamox I put her on seems to be clearing up her upper respiratory infection so she is getting more and more spunk. I have her on eye ointment 4 times a day hoping that her eyes might clear up a little.  Once I really looked at her eyes, I realized she has entropion (when the eyelids curl in making the eyelashes rub against the eyeball causing ulcers)   This could be caused by dehydration or malnutrition so hopefully it will correct itself over time with the proper food ect.
Sure enough, the poor girl’s teeth were intentionally filed down so she couldn’t defend herself.  The vet and I have never seen someone file a dog’s teeth quite like hers have been.  Her mouth is a disaster and many of those teeth are going to have to be pulled because roots are exposed, the gums are infected ect- I’m amazed she can eat as well as she does. Her coat is getting really shiny and she is gaining weight like crazy. So, if all goes well and she’s not pregnant, I should be able to start heartworm treatments in 10 days or so when she is done with the antibiotics.  Then we can focus on the teeth.
When we got to the shelter today, we started testing her with other dogs.  I was nervous since they had said she was dog aggressive in Kansas City but every time she has seen another dog since she came, she has been trying to pull me towards them wagging her tail.  So, we started small and introduced her to Bobo (a small poodle on our website), then a pointer mix about her size (Shiloh) and lastly a Large Border Collie/Lab.  She was great with all of them!!! She sniffed and then just walked side by side and then eventually just laid down with each of them.
Here is the link to donate/sponsor Ladybug:

Lady Bug Update

Lady Bug hasn’t arrived at Animal House Shelter as yet. Transportation arrangements are being made and she will travel when the full transport schedule is complete.  Once we committed to Lady Bug’s care, a volunteer took her home to remove her from the pound while transport from Kansas City, MO to Huntley could be put together.  Animal House Shelter has made a full and ongoing commitment to accept her at our shelter and also to be responsible for all of Lady Bug’s medical care and expenses.

Thank you to all for responding so generously thus far with donations for Lady Bug’s medical care, which will be costly and ongoing.

If you wish to make a monetary donation to the Lady Bug Fund, go to www.animalhouseshelter.com and click on “Donations”. Notation can be made when donating that the funds are to be applied to Lady Bug’s account.

Thank you for all of your support for Lady Bug and AHS!


URGENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Lady Bug is Critical!  She is an older Pit Bull that has been used for breeding her whole life.  Neglected and abused by humans, attacked by other dogs.  She needs your help!

This is the urgent message that AHS received last night about a dog named Lady Bug at a shelter in Kansas City, MO:


She’s a mess…. She had a terrible life and was most likely a breeding machine. She appears to have eye ulcers and is in dire need of dental work. She also needs a few lumps removed. Her DAYS ARE NUMBERED!!!! Please help LadyBug, please give this poor sweet soul a chance to know what love is.. She holds no grudge towards humans for having put her through hell.. She just wants a loving home where she can recuperate, be loved and well cared for and live the rest of her life in peace and harmony.. Please save her before its too late!!!!                                                ————————————————

Lady Bug was scheduled to be euthanized Saturday, April 30th.  Knowing that Lady Bug has never known a human to be kind to her, Animal House stepped in and rescued her.  She needs at least a few years knowing kindness and compassion from humans.  Not only has she been used for breeding over and over agin, she is almost completely blind, heartworm positive and her body is covered in scars from being attacked. Animal House will take care of her medical needs with your help!  We need donations towards her spay, treating her heartworm, antibiotics and good nutrition.  To add to the obstacles Lady Bug already has to face, the shelter in MO believes Lady Bug may have been bred one more time before finding her wandering the streets so she might be pregnant again!

To help get Lady Bug the extensive medical treatment she needs you can send a check directly to the shelter at:

Animal House Shelter, Inc                                                                                                       13005 Ernesti Rd                                                                                                                               Huntley, IL 60142

Or click on any donate now button throughout the site (you can click on link directly below)

Donate to Lady Bug

We are in desperate need of a foster home for this poor older girl while she goes through her heartworm treatments and finds a permanent home where she can live out the rest of her days in peace.  She adores all people, including children, but does not want another dog around her because of everything she has been through.  If you can foster Lady Bug and are not one of our current foster homes, please click on the link below to fill out the foster application and we will get back to you as soon as we receive it.  If you are already an approved AHS foster home, please call the shelter asap and talk to Amanda, Ashley or Angie.  847.961.5541

Foster Application


Reporting Animal Abuse or Neglect

What should I do if I witness an animal being mistreated?

If you witness animal abuse or neglect, please contact your local humane society, animal shelter, police department or animal control agency immediately. In most areas, those agencies have the authority to enforce state and local laws related to animals and the capability to investigate and resolve these situations. They rely on concerned citizens to be their eyes and ears in the community and to report animal suffering. You can choose to remain anonymous, although giving your name to your humane agency will enable that group to follow up with you when necessary.

These dedicated agencies have the important job of ensuring that animals in their jurisdiction receive proper food, water, and shelter, and are protected from abandonment and cruel treatment. The prevention of cruelty to animals represents the core mission of many local animal care organizations. Investigation requests can come from members of the community or other law enforcement agencies.

How are complaints investigated?

While the exact process may vary depending on the local laws and procedures, an officer will look into the complaint to see if animal cruelty statutes have been violated. If in fact a violation has occurred, the officer may speak with the owner and issue a citation and give the owner a chance to correct the violation.

The majority of cruelty complaints stem from simple neglect of the animal, rather than deliberate abuse.  The humane officer’s biggest role is as an educator—informing well-meaning, but unknowledgeable, pet owners of the proper care of their pets.

In rare cases, animal neglect or abuse may be extreme and require immediate intervention. Depending on the circumstances, the animals may be removed from the situation by the humane agency to protect them from further harm. The agency will present the case to the prosecutor’s office for further evaluation and possible prosecution. Some agencies have the power to obtain and serve warrants; other agencies work closely with local police who execute the search warrant on their behalf.

What happens to the pet owner and the animals in these cases?

State and local laws are written to protect the individuals being prosecuted as well as the animals involved. Such laws also determine how long the animals must be housed at the animal shelter while a case is being processed by the court system. Caring for animals seized in a cruelty case can be an expensive and time-consuming effort. When animals must be housed at the shelter for long periods of time while a case is being processed, it can create stress for both the animals and the staff.

With the best interests of the animals in mind, many states have established civil procedures to allow the agency to petition the general district court in the city or county where the animals were seized for a hearing to expedite custody of the animals to the agency. This type of process prevents a long stay at the shelter for the animals involved while waiting for resolution to the trial, and allows them to be adopted to new, safe homes or humanely euthanized if they are suffering or unsuitable for adoption.

How can I find my local animal care and control agency?

You can find the name and number of your local humane society or animal control agency by looking in your phone book’s yellow pages under “animal shelter,” “humane society,” or “animal control,” or by calling Information. Often, public animal care and control agencies are also listed under the city or county health department or police department.
You can also find contact information for animal shelters, animal control agencies, and other animal care organizations in your community through web sites like www.Petfinder.com. Please report any incident to your police department or animal control facility immediately.

Check out The HSUS’s First Strike campaign.