Woman accused of horse cruelty in Kendall County

Published: Saturday, March 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

A woman who was cited on a humane care violation in connection with the care of horses in Kane County has been charged in Kendall County with two counts of cruelty to animals and two counts of violating an owner’s duties to an animal, all misdemeanors.

Angela Beers, 36, address unknown, is scheduled to appear March 25 in Kendall County court in Yorkville, according to court records.

In October, Beers relinquished 13 horses she was keeping at Flanery Farms in Burlington Township – seven of her own were distributed to horse-rescue groups, and six were returned to their owners. The horses’ condition prompted the humane care violation, according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

The department allowed her to keep two of her horses, which she moved to Horizon Quarter Horses in Oswego, and took on the care of two other horses. Last month, two horses were returned to their owners and the state impounded the two horses it allowed her to keep, Department of Agriculture spokesman Jeff Squibb said.

Beers’ two horses were taken to the Hooved Animal Humane Society in Woodstock, he said. The society’s  executive director, Tracy McGonigle, had confirmed that their facility received two underweight male thoroughbreds belonging to Beers.

Joyce Benes, who owns Horizon Quarter Horses with her husband, said she reported that Beers abandoned the four horses.

Beers’ cellphone number is disconnected, and she could not be reached for comment. But in previous statements, Beers admitted she purposely “underfed” horses in her care in 2009 and in 2012 when her funds ran low, but denied that she starved them. 

According to the Illinois Humane Care for Animals Act, owners are required to provide good quality food and water, adequate shelter, veterinary care and humane treatment. Owners are forbidden to engage in cruel treatment of an animal, including starving and abandoning the animal to suffer injury or hunger.

The charges carry a penalty of fines up to $500 and 30 days in jail.

The Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office has said it is continuing an investigation of Beers in connection with the Flanery Farm horses, based on findings forwarded to them by the Department of Agriculture.