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Kane officials need help moving animals found in `inhumane conditions`

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HAMPSHIRE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Animal control officials are asking the public's help to relocate several animals -- including horses, alpacas and llamas -- from a Kane County farm where dozens of animals were found living in "inhumane conditions."

The animals were found after Kane County Sheriff's police and animal control staff investigated a report of animal cruelty at the farm in the 44W200 block of Route 20 near Hampshire, authorities said.

Several dead animals, including a goat, donkey, two mini-horses and four chickens, were found among the 90 animals being kept there, police said. A veterinarian determined several animals on the farm were sick, and conditions were not conducive to the keeping of livestock, authorities have said.

The animals had been living in "inhumane conditions," according to a release issued Monday by Kane County officials.

The property owner -- who does not own the animals -- has told animal control staff that he wants all the remaining animals removed by midnight Tuesday, the release said.

However, the animal control office does not have the necessary equipment to move large animals still there, including several horses, alpacas and llamas, the release said.

Officials are asking anyone who has training or equipment, or would be willing to help, to meet Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Kane County Animal Control Facility, at 4060 Keslinger Rd. in Geneva.

Volunteers are also needed to construct temporary shelters to house the animals after they are relocated, the release said. Anyone who wants to help can call (630) 232-3555.

The woman who owned the animals, 34-year-old Elgin resident Stacy Fiebelkorn, was charged with misdemeanor counts of violation of owner's duties and cruelty to animals, the Kane County Sheriff's office said previously.

Authorities started investigating after they received a report of a dead horse at another farm at Beith Road near Maple Park, and found a dead pony and dead equine fetus, authorities said.

From there, they learned Fiebelkorn might have more animals at a farm near Hampshire, and found the other animals, authorities said.

The animals were being kept in facilities without enough shelter from the cold, and without adequate food and water, police said. Where animals had been provided water, it was frozen.

Animal Control is impounding the remaining animals and is providing care for them, including fresh hay, food for the chickens and rabbits, and heaters for the animals' water bowls.

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