After nearly 20 months of legal wrangling and delays, the saga of Stacy Fiebelkorn – the owner of a now-defunct petting zoo who was charged with animal cruelty – came to an end. She was sentenced to 90 days in jail in exchange for a guilty plea this month.
The discovery of nearly 100 sick and starving animals in early March 2014 shocked the Kane County Animal Control workers and volunteers who stepped up to care for the animals.
Fiebelkorn, 36, of Elgin, pleaded guilty to cruel treatment, a Class A misdemeanor. As part of her plea agreement, other charges against her – two counts of violating owner’s duties, a Class B misdemeanor – were dismissed.
As the case progressed, Fiebelkorn eventually gave up most of her animals, and the rest were taken by forfeiture – horses, ducks, goats, ponies, alpacas, chickens, rabbits, donkeys and turkeys among them. More than a dozen were found dead, and some were euthanized when they could not be saved, officials said.
Fiebelkorn was sentenced to 24 months of probation, good time to apply to her 90 days in the Kane County Jail and $300 in fines and costs. She must undergo a psychological evaluation and cannot own or care for animals of any type during her probation.
– Brenda Schory