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Crime & Courts

No plea deal yet in zoo cruelty case

ST. CHARLES – The attorney for the owner of a traveling zoo charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty and neglect said she hopes a plea offer will be made before the next court appearance, scheduled for Jan. 5.

Elgin resident Stacy Fiebelkorn was charged in March after the discovery of several dead and 94 sick and starving animals that were part of her now-defunct Mini Zoo Crew. The animals were removed from the Hampshire farm where they were being kept. 

Fiebelkorn attorney Jamie Wombacher said no offer had been made from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office since the last court appearance in October. If an offer is acceptable to both sides, Fiebelkorn would not have a trial, officials said.

Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Cullen said he would not discuss specific plea negotiations, but he said most of the office’s cases did result in plea agreements instead of trials.

All of Fiebelkorn’s animals were impounded, then forfeited, including horses, donkeys, ponies, goats, llamas, alpacas, chickens and rabbits. Most survived through veterinary care and eventually were rehabilitated enough to be adopted out.

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