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Dead Pony, Donkey, Chickens Found on Kane Co. Farms; Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty

In total, 96 animals were found on a Hampshire farm—many of which were ill or kept without adequate food or water. A 34-year-old Elgin woman faces charges in the case.

The following information came from a Kane County Sheriff's Office press release. 

A 34-year-old Elgin woman faces charges after authorities discovered a dead pony, donkey, chickens and several other animals on farm properties in Maple Park and Hampshire over the past week. 

Stacy Fiebelkorn, of 1066 Borden Drive in Elgin, was taken into custody following a joint investigation by the Kane County Animal Control and Kane County Sheriff's Office and is charged with one count violation of owners duties to provide adequate food, shelter and water and vet care to prevent suffering and one count of cruelty to animals

The Kane County Animal Control began an investigation about a week ago after receiving a report of a dead horse on a farm on Beith Road near Maple Park in rural Kane County. Upon searching the property, a dead horse and equine fetus were discovered, according to a Kane County Sheriff Office press release. 

Police said Animal Control staff learned the owner of the dead animals in Maple Park, Fiebelkorn, also had animals at a farm at 44W222 Route 20 near Hampshire. 

Authorities found 96 total animals on the Hampshire property and several dead animals. Among the dead animals was a donkey, goat, two mini-horses and four chickens, according to the news release. 

Several of the live animals were ill and authorities reported the animals did not have adequate food and all of the water for the animals was frozen, according to the news release. 

Animal Control then  received permission from the State of Illinois to impound the animals to begin to provide care for them.  The owner of the property, who was not the owner of the animals, granted permission for the animals to remain on the property, according to the news release. 

Animal Control coordinated a delivery of fresh hay, purchased food for the chickens and rabbits and heaters for the water bowls for the animals.  Animal Control also coordinated several vet visits on property to care for the ill animals. 

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