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Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012County: Knox
Charges: Felony CTA
Case Images: 6 files available
Alleged: Sara J, Feighner
Galesburg woman faces animal-cruelty charges after two of her horses died, one for a lack of food.
Sara J. Feighner, 52, of Moshier Hill Road was charged Tuesday with aggravated cruelty to animals and two counts of cruelty to animals. If convicted of the first charge, she could be sentenced to one to three years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.
Prosecutors said the Hooved Animal Humane Society was contacted after receiving complaints that Feighner was not caring for the horses in her pasture in Knox County. When officials arrived, they found two horses dead on the farm and two others so "severely underfed" that they had a skeletal appearance to them.
Feighner told officials one horse had died because its hoof became caught in a fence and remained there until it died. She did not have money to feed another animal, and it became ill and died.
She was released on her own recognizance Tuesday, but Judge James Stewart ordered that the animals be turned over to a humane society. Stewart said she could petition the court for them later if she shows she could care for them.
Originally, the state said Feighner could keep the horses if she took them to a veterinarian within 24 hours of her release from jail and provided proof to the court within 48 hours. She also would have had to provide weekly documentation showing that the animals were being treated.
However, Feighner said she did not have the money to pay for the medical visits and would be relying on a local agency to pay for the visits. The agency said it could not promise that it could cover the costs.
Feighner's next hearing is set for 11 a.m. April 18.
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