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Two more dead animals found in connection with petting zoo

Stacy Fiebelkorn
Stacy Fiebelkorn

HAMPSHIRE TOWNSHIP – Two more dead animals have been found at a farm in Hampshire Township where 94 petting zoo animals were impounded this week, officials said.

Kane County Animal Control Administrator Rob Sauceda said two baby goats were found dead Thursday, under a 12-inch mat of straw and fecal matter. That brings the total to 11 animals and a fetus found dead in the incident.

"There were 14 mini-goats in an 8-by-10 (foot) stall that had not been cleaned out in months," Sauceda said. "There was 12 inches of fecal matter matted in with the straw, and we are in the process of removing all of that. We found the dead baby goats yesterday, underneath the straw and trampled on by other goats in the small pen."

On Wednesday, Kane County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Elgin resident Stacy Fiebelkorn, 34. She was charged with one count of a violation of an owner's duty to provide adequate food, shelter and water and vet care to prevent suffering, and one count of cruelty to animals, both misdemeanors.

In addition to 94 animals that were ill and in need of food and water, investigators previously found a dead horse and fetus on another property near Maple Park, and a dead donkey, a goat, two mini-horses and four chickens on the Route 20 farm in Hampshire Township.

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