by T. C. Mayfield, The Chicago Times
November 8, 2021
HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL — The first of two people accused of starving two dogs to death has been sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, the maximum available penalty, according to DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin.
Andre Norris, 29, of 1768 Queensbury Circle, Hoffman Estates, appeared in court this morning and pleaded guilty to three counts of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals (Class 4 Felony) before Judge Michael Reidy, who handed down the sentence.
Sarah Gorski, 21, of the same address, has also been charged in the case as Norris’ co-defendant. Her next court date is set for November 10, 2021.
On March 2, 2020, Naperville police responded to a report of a dead German Shepherd.
The German Shepherd, identified as Meliodas/Otis was discovered in a storage container in a wooded area near a drainage ditch, wrapped in a bed sheet. At time of discovery the dog weighed about 20 pounds whereas the normal weight for a German Shepherd should weigh about seventy pounds.
An investigation revealed that Gorski and Norris were the alleged owners of Otis. The investigation also revealed that the defendants had at least two other dogs, Scooby and Bubba. The detectives’ investigation revealed that none of the dogs had frequent visits to the veterinarian.
On March 12, 2020, investigators found Scooby, a German Shepherd/Hound mix, in a rusted dog crate filled with animal feces, blood, and urine. Scooby weighed about twenty pounds, was severely malnourished, couldn’t walk, had massive sores, and feces stuck in his fur.
Bubba, a Corgi, could not be found at this time. Authorities discovered that Bubba died in the first week of March during their investigation. Bubba was later discovered in a field wrapped in a sheet.
Otis and Bubba were both taken to the University of Illinois Veterinary School for necropsies, which revealed that Otis died as a result of canine parvovirus, starvation, and rat poisoning.
Bubba, who weighed only four pounds when discovered, died of starvation.