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|Humane Society Takes Horses from Charged Galesburg Woman
|A humane society took into custody Thursday afternoon two horses owned by a Galesburg woman who was charged with three counts of animal cruelty this week.
Executive Director of the 'Hooved Animal Humane Society' Tracy McGonigle says a transport team and sheriffs deputies conducted the exchange Thursday on the property of 52-year-old Sara Feighner.
Feighner is accused of letting two other horses die on her farm at 115 Moshier Hill Road. McGonigle tells WGIL she's thankful for the complaints filed earlier this month.
"The people who called in had no idea there were dead horses on the property in various states of decomposition," she said. "I'm just glad we were able to help the two that were alive there."
Assistant States' Attorney Erik Gibson says Feighner claims she loves her horses, but couldn't afford to feed one, and allowed the second to die after it's hoove became trapped under a fence.
Court documents show Feighner was released on a recognizance bond Tuesday on three counts of animal cruelty, and will appear before a judge with a public defender April 18th.
Gibson says she can petition to re-gain custody of her two horses in the future. Before a judge even considers that, McGonigle says Feighner must be educated on animal wellness and fully prove she's capable of taking care for them.
(One of the two horses seized by authorities Thursday).
(Photo provided by the 'Hooved Animals Humane Society,' WGIL News Story by Kyle Schassburger. EDITOR'S NOTE: I've removed several of the more graphic photos posted, out of sensitivity to our readers, and to the ongoing criminal investigation. --Will Stevenson, WGIL News Director)
|03 30 12 by Newsroom
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