HAMPSHIRE, Ill. (CBS) — Animal control officials and volunteers were visiting a west suburban farm on Tuesday to remove dozens of animals that allegedly were being mistreated.
WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports Kane County officials had sought the public’s help in moving animals off a farm in along Route 20 in Hampshire, after several dead animals were discovered last week.
The dead animals included a goat, a donkey, two small horses, and four chickens.
Kane County Animal Control Director Robert Sauceda said more than 80 animals – including about 36 horses and more than 20 goats; along with llamas, alpacas, chickens, and rabbits – need to be moved to a safe location.
Volunteers and animal control workers carried goats one-by-one to one of two animal trailers that showed up at the farm Tuesday morning. Alpacas and miniature horses were led onto one of the vehicles.
In all, more than 80 animals were being taken to new homes for now.
“Healthy animals are coming out first. The goats were all pretty healthy. They bounced back pretty quickly,” Sauceda said.
The owner of the farm does not own the animals. The owner, who rented space at the farm, was arrested last week for failing to keep the animals fed and healthy.
The animals’ owner, 34-year-old Stacy Fiebelkorn of Elgin, was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty.