More than 60 volunteers move rescued petting zoo animals - New York News

More than 60 volunteers move petting zoo animals to new home

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(FOX 32's Craig Wall) (FOX 32's Craig Wall)
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Dozens of malnourished and mistreated animals were rescued Tuesday from a traveling petting zoo in Kane County.

The rescued animals include horses, miniature donkeys, llamas, alpacas, goats, rabbits and more that are now enjoying space to run and play at a new undisclosed farm where they are getting food, fresh water and care.

"Today as we moved them here, they were actually able to run around and roll on the ground and play, scratch each other's backs, and you could see they knew they were in a better place," said volunteer Laura Vandersnick.

The animals were rescued Tuesday morning. An army of more than 60 volunteers showed up with trucks and trailers at the Mini Zoo Crew Petting Zoo and Rescue in Hampshire, where the animals had been kept.

"Oh it's been incredible; we have 13+ trucks I believe filled, putting all the animals in. We were removing 80+ animals, so just coming out today seeing how happy they are, you can see a difference already," said Robert Sauceda, Kane County Animal Control Administrator.

Petting zoo owner Stacy Fiebelkorn was arrested last week after more than ten animals in her care were found dead. The other surviving animals were all lacking food and water, and many were sick.

Animal control is now seeking forfeiture on all 85 rescued animals, so that they can adopt them out, but not just to anyone.

"My staff will be doing background checks, we'll be doing site checks, will be doing reference checks, everything we can do to make sure they're going to a good farm and being loved by the new family," said Sauceda.

Volunteers also helped build lean-to shelters to give the outside animals some shelter from a pending storm.

Overall, it was a good celebration day for animal lovers.

"We came together and we were able to save these little guys, and now they don't have to worry about this ever again, and they're not gonna' be in this position hopefully ever again in their life," Vandersnick added.

For more information, visit the Facebook page for Kane County Animal Control.

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