Naperville Woman Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges After Tip from Concerned Citizen

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NAPERVILLE, Ill. — A Naperville woman was arrested Tuesday on multiple felony counts of alleged aggravated animal cruelty after a tip from a concerned citizen led to an investigation.

Naperville Police began investigating in October 2023 when a resident reported a severely emaciated pit bull mix named Olive, left in their care by Christina Helm, 32, of Testa Drive. The dog, reportedly suffering from starvation and dehydration at the time, was treated at an emergency veterinary hospital.

Police executed a search warrant on Helm’s residence, finding evidence of alleged animal abuse. Helm faces three counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, three counts of violating owner’s duties, and one count of endangering the life or health of a child. Helm turned herself in and is held at DuPage County Jail. Olive has since made a full recovery and has been adopted.

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