Stubborn determination – Owner of dead dogs turns to Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow after Cook’s refusal – Shaw Local

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An Arlington Heights teacher went to court when her two dogs died in suspicious circumstances less than three months after they began a relationship with a man she met on a dating app, but Cook County prosecutors declined to press charges.

Now grieving dog owner Sarah Manos has turned to Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow in hopes of finding justice.

Manos also last month won a civil judgment of more than $160,000 against her former boyfriend, Mathew Berry, 29, of Midlothian. Manos sued Berry in Cook County Court, claiming he inflicted serious injury on his two pet Bichon Frizes, Daisy and Kirby, and intentionally caused him emotional distress.

Manos accused Berry of not only killing her two dogs, but of abusing her, saying the experience left her with post-traumatic stress disorder. And Berry wasn’t the only one who upset Manos emotionally.

“My interactions with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office caused me a great deal of trauma,” Manos said in an email, recounting how the office ignored “dozens” of his calls after deciding not to press charges against Berry.

In response to questions about why prosecutors chose not to charge Berry and did not return phone calls from Manos, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office released a statement that “the evidence related to this incident was insufficient to discharge our burden of proof to file felony charges.

“Prosecutors in our Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Division worked with the victim to secure a conviction against the abuser for breaching a protective order,” the statement said. “In October 2020, the offender was sentenced to one year probation.”

Berry could not be reached for comment.

Manos said he met Berry in April 2020 through the dating app Bumble. According to his lawsuit, a month and a day after they hooked up, Daisy the dog died.

In the hours before Daisy died, according to the lawsuit, Manos saw Berry feeding the dog fruit and soon after the animal was lethargic.

Daisy the dog died in questionable circumstances months after her owner began a relationship with a man she met on a dating app, police said.

Berry told Manos that he would “inject a ‘morphine-like’ drug into Daisy’s right posterior side,” the lawsuit said. “Immediately afterwards, Daisy became wobbly and unable to stand.”

Daisy later died in an animal hospital, according to the lawsuit, which went on to describe Berry abusing both Manos and Kirby.

That abuse included Berry encouraging his German Shepherd, Zip, to attack Kirby, according to the lawsuit, which also said Zip bit Manos more than once.

While Berry was giving Kirby a bath on June 23, 2020, Manos witnessed him “slapping Kirby in the face and slamming his body into the tub as he was angry that the dog was not behaving,” according to a Department of Health report. Midlothian Police.

This was followed by continued physical abuse and threats to kill the dog, according to the report.

Daisy the dog died in questionable circumstances months after her owner began a relationship with a man she met on a dating app, police said.

That afternoon, the couple headed to Hecht Park in Mokena with their dogs, according to the police report and Manos’ lawsuit.

“In Hecht Park [Manos] recounted that Mathew continued to abuse “Kirby, according to the report, at one point throwing the dog into a pond multiple times and dragging him through the water until he thought he was dead.

Berry then performed CPR on the dog, according to the report.

After the park visit, Manos and Berry took Kirby to an animal clinic in Orland Park and from there to a forest reserve in Midlothian, where Berry again abused the dog for about 45 minutes, according to the report.

Later, when Kirby was unable to walk, Manos called an animal hospital and was advised to take the dog to an emergency clinic, according to the lawsuit.

Kirby (left) and Daisy died in shady circumstances months after her landlord began a relationship with a man she met on a dating app, police said

Berry drove Manos and Kirby to Animal Emergency in Mokena, according to the lawsuit, where they were told the dog “needed a specialist for suspected head trauma” and were advised to go to the Buffalo Grove Specialty Center .

On the way to Midlothian to retrieve Manos’ car, Kirby died, according to the police report, despite Berry performing CPR again.

In the report, Midlothian Police explained their reasons for not pursuing a case against Berry.

“At this time, there is insufficient evidence to charge Mathew with a misdemeanor as the evidence would be Sarah’s statements which have been found not to be credible,” said a supplement to the January 15, 2021 report.

This did not deter Manos, who filed a report with the Mokena Police Department on January 4. That report was forwarded to the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office, where spokeswoman Carole Cheney said it was still being reviewed.

Daisy (left) and Kirby died in shady circumstances months after her owner began a relationship with a man she met on a dating app, police said.

Meanwhile, Manos, who said she moved out of state, has two new dogs, Joey and Rosie, and now teaches at an elementary school, says she’s in a “good place” now.

“Overall I’m very grateful to do well,” Manos said in an email. “My therapist said I went from being a victim to being a survivor, to now thriving.”

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