ST. CHARLES – An attorney representing a petting zoo owner accused of animal cruelty and neglect will be able to issue subpoenas connected with Robert Sauceda, Kane County's former animal control interim director.
Kane County prosecutors withdrew their objection Wednesday to Jamie Wombacher's court filing in May seeking all reports and investigation documents on Sauceda. Wombacher represents Stacy Fiebelkorn of Elgin.
In March, Sauceda handled the removal of some 94 sick and starved animals from the Mini Zoo Crew, a petting zoo owned by Fiebelkorn of Elgin, most of which were kept on a rented farm in Hampshire.
"The details of the investigation into Mr. Sauceda's suspension and subsequent resignation could prove vital to the instant matter, as they could impact Mr. Sauceda's credibility, bias his ability to conduct a proper investigation of the defendant or other issues," Wombacher asserted in court papers in May.
Wombacher said she would narrow the scope of her request for subpoenas in an updated filing.
The case is continued to Aug. 13 at Kane County Branch Court, which also will give the county more time to respond to media requests under the Freedom of Information Act.
The Kane County Chronicle filed a request under the state's open records law seeking documents related to Sauceda. The request still is pending.
Sauceda resigned May 7 amid an ongoing personnel investigation. County officials did not provide specifics regarding his resignation. Animal Control is part of the Kane County Health Department.