Horses Seized in Illinois Cruelty Case

More than 30 horses are receiving rehabilitative care after being seized in Kane County, Ill.

Kane County Animal Control Director Robert Saucedo said the Kane County Sheriff's Department responded to a call regarding a dead horse on a property near Maple Park on Feb. 26. During the investigation, sheriff's deputies and animal control personnel discovered the remains of a mare and an equine fetus.

"After she aborted the fetus she pushed her head through a fence trying to get to some grass," Saucedo said.

Later, acting on a warrant, Saucedo said, authorities personnel found the remains of two Miniature Horses, a donkey, and several other animals, along with numerous living animals, at a property near Hampshire, Ill. 

"The owner of the animals was in the process of moving the animals from one farm to another," Saucedo said.

Law enforcement personnel subsequently seized 36 horses and assorted other animals from the Hampshire property, Saucedo said.

All the seized animals were part of a petting zoo, he said, and all the seized horses were malnourished.

The animals' owner, Stacy Fiebelkorn, was later arrested and charged with one count each of misdemeanor animal cruelty and violation of an owner's duty to provide food and care, he said.

Fiebelkorn's attorney Jamie Wombacher said Fiebelkorn appeared in Kane County Branch Court on March 13 relative to the animals' custody. A judicial decision regarding that custody was continued to March 19, she said. Wombacher declined further comment pending her review of case-related documents.

Meanwhile, Saucedo said, the horses are at a safe location and receiving rehabilitative care under animal control auspices.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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