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Our View: Kudos to volunteers who helped animals

Published: Friday, March 14, 2014 11:12 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 1:59 p.m. CDT

A long, cold winter intersected this week with the need to move nearly 100 distressed animals from a farm in rural Hampshire Township to a safe location in Maple Park.

How to handle such a task?

With the assistance of more than 100 volunteers – people who were called out to help by Kane County Animal Control – the momentous migration was completed.

The call for volunteers went out after the March 5 arrest of Elgin resident Stacy Fiebelkorn. Fiebelkorn, who had operated a traveling petting zoo, was charged with one count of a violation of an owner’s duty to provide adequate food, shelter, water and vet care to prevent animal suffering, and one count of cruelty to animals, both misdemeanors.

In total, 11 animals and a horse fetus were found dead, and 94 animals were found in need of food and water.

A horse that originally was part of the surviving group has since been euthanized because of its medical condition, officials said, leaving the number of surviving animals at 93.

When such tragedies are uncovered, it can be easy to focus on the negative. But the volunteers who helped move the dozens of rescued animals Tuesday stepped up to the plate.

They are to be commended for their positive efforts. And – depending on how this case plays out in court – more of the same could help land the rest of the surviving animals into loving homes where they will be given proper care.

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