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Feed store Trellis helping rescued petting zoo animals

Published: Friday, March 7, 2014 11:06 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 2:02 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – In the wake of Kane County Animal Control impounding nearly 100 animals from a traveling petting zoo this week, a local feed store is stepping forward to help.

Tom Stopka, owner of Trellis Farm and Garden, at 2N492 Kirk Road, St. Charles Township, said customers can designate items for the petting zoo animals. Animal control will come and pick them up.

“We are a perfect location for everyone to do something,” Stopka said. “We are very happy to help.”

A list of needed items from animal control are straw for bedding, heated waterer for chickens, a rabbit bowl, chicken feed, rabbit feed, nesting boxes for chickens and prenatal equine feed.

Stopka said credit card orders can be taken over the phone, but not online. Stopka said the store will be making donations, as well.

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 total, 11 animals and one fetus were found dead, and 94 – including rabbits, ducks, mini-horses, donkeys and goats – will require care.

Kane County Animal Control Administrator Robert Sauceda said his office appreciated what the business was doing, as well as everyone else who was dropping off food and donations to help take care of the animals.

“It’s been great. People have been so willing and working around our schedule for it,” Sauceda said. “People in Kane County ... are a very giving people.”

Know more

• Feed and other needs for the 94 impounded petting zoo animals are available at Trellis Farm and Garden, 2N492 Kirk Road, St. Charles Township. Call 630-584-2024.

• Donations of cash may be made to Kane County Animal Control, 4060 Keslinger Road, Geneva, and designated for the Rescue of the Zoo. Donations of hay or other feed may be dropped off there.

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