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  • Stacy Fiebelkorn

    Llama, alpaca taken from woman accused of crueltyMar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Kane County judge Thursday let authorities take a llama and an alpaca from an Elgin woman charged with animal cruelty and neglect. But she will retain ownership of horses and two goats, pending the outcome of her trial. Veterinarian Susan Brown testified that a baby alpaca, also called a cria, could have permanent skeletal damage, as well as other problems, from lack of food.

  • Beautiful Joe is a male, white German shepherd, who is about 7½ years old and weighs 71 pounds.

    Tips for how to handle dog vs. skunk encounterMar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    We share our urban yard with a variety of wild animals - opossums, squirrels, rabbits and the occasional raccoon. With the occasional warm days we’ve been having, the wild animals seem to be on the move, including the skunks who are living under my neighbor’s deck.

  • Stacy Fiebelkorn

    Elgin woman facing cruelty charges gives up some animalsMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    An Elgin woman has volunteered to give up her rabbits, poultry, some goats and other animals, but not her horses and donkeys, as a hearing on impoundment of the animals continues. Stacy Fiebelkorn faces charges of animal cruelty and failure to provide adequate care, after authorities found dead animals on properties in Maple Park and Hampshire.

  • Dogs bring their owners for a day of tail waggin’ fun at last year’s Canine Carnival. Schaumburg Park District

    Give Them Something to Bark About at Canine CarnivalMar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Pups will clown around at the Schaumburg Park District!

  • Renowned birder, artist and author is returning to Ryerson WoodsMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    On the heels of the release of his highly anticipated second edition of "The Sibley Guide to Birds," David Sibley will speak and sign books from 7 to 8 p.m. April 9 at Ryerson Woods.

  • Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy pets Hank the dog during practice last month in Phoenix.

    Hank the dog headed to new home in MilwaukeeMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Hank, the bedraggled ball of fur who wandered into the Brewers’ spring training complex back on President’s Day looking for one more chance, will head to Milwaukee and his new home on Sunday.

  • Mallory Volocyk, 24, of Des Plaines holds a puppy named Alyssa at the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo at Arlington Park on Friday. She was looking around for a new dog.

    Pet Expo on tap at track this weekendMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Chicagoland Pet Expo opened Friday and runs through Sunday at Arlington Park Racecourse in Arlington Heights. Put on by Tower Productions, the expo has more than 200 exhibitors, plus entertainment, demonstrations and the latest products and services.

  • Martin Keller

    Kenosha man pleads not guilty in death of Lake Villa dogMar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Kenosha man accused in the beating death of a Lake Villa dog pleaded not guilty to charges of animal torture and aggravated animal cruelty in Lake County court Wednesday.

  • Stacy Fiebelkorn

    Judge denies request for money for animal care in Kane neglect caseMar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kane County Associate Judge Elizabeth Flood on Thursday declined a prosecutor’s request to have a woman facing charges of animal cruelty and neglect immediately put up $36,786 to pay for the county’s cost of caring for the animals.

  • From left, Dr. Joanne Carlson, Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz, and Dr. Betsy North at the Loving Care Animal Hospital open house in February.

    Palatine’s Loving Care Animal Hospital hosts open houseMar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Dr. Joanne Carlson and the Loving Care Animal Hospital staff hosted an open house for family and friends on Saturday, Feb. 8. The open house took place at Loving Care Animal Hospital’s new location, 444 E. Northwest Highway, in Palatine.

  • Dog owners will be able to buy memberships at Canine Commons starting in May.

    Mt. Prospect/Arlington Hts. dog park named 'Canine Commons'Mar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    It's official! The name of the new dog park at Melas Park in Mount Prospect is Canine Commons. The nearly 2-acre dog park is a joint venture between Mount Prospect and Arlington Heights park districts and the grand opening will be in June.

  • Barking is one of the biggest causes of feuds in neighborhoods across America.

    Barking can bite at relationships among neighborsMar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Many neighborhood feuds in the U.S. are caused by barking and parking. When it comes to barking, animal trainers say dogs are usually bored, scared or anxious, so they shouldn’t be blamed for fights that involve their masters. Incessant barking has stirred neighborhood violence and bred an industry of shock and sound devices decried as hurtful by some but hailed as solutions by their makers. Ultimately, owners need to take responsibility for devoting enough time to pet care, experts say. They urge people to get to the root of the problem.

  • Cashmere

    Find out which flea protection is best for your felineMar 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    Make sure to read the labels when choosing the right flea protection for your felines.

  • Naperville police officer Chris Sherwin works a patrol shift in 2005 with his K-9 Sabek, a German shepherd who was his partner for nine years.

    Former Naperville K-9 officer patrolling ‘without my partner’Mar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Naperville police on Tuesday honored one of their own for his service with a K-9 named Sabek, the police dog involved in the largest methamphetamine bust in DuPage County, who recently retired from the force and died. “It’s a big change,” Sherwin said about the loss of Sabek, his K-9 partner. “You have somebody with you for nine years every day and then all of the sudden he’s not there."

  • Displaced animal shelter closer to new homeMar 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Wright-Way Rescue, a no-kill shelter that had to abandon its Niles location after a bus crashed into it last October, said Monday it’s on track to open its new Morton Grove adoption center in late spring.

  • Rescue puppies play in the dog run at the Dog Patch in Naperville, which offers rescued dogs and cats for adoption. Animal welfare groups are hoping suburban communities follow Chicago's lead and ban the sale of dogs from for-profit breeders.

    Will Chicago's 'puppy mill' ban push business to the suburbs?Mar 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Suburban animal welfare groups say they'll fight if Chicago pet store owners think they're going to move their puppy mill selling operations to the suburbs. Activists hope the suburbs will follow Chicago's lead in banning the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits from for-profit breeders. “We're ready for the fight in the suburbs, there's no doubt,” said Cari Meyers, Puppy Mill Project's founder and president.

  • A long-awaited pedestrian bridge and trail over County Farm Road near Hanover Park is expected to open in 2017.

    New amenities coming to Hawk Hollow Forest Preserve near Hanover ParkMar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Hanover Park officials are celebrating long-awaited projects coming to the Hawk Hollow Forest Preserve. One will build a pedestrian bridge over County Farm Road. The other will set aside more than 30 acres where dogs can exercise off-leash. "I really appreciate this coming to fruition," Mayor Rodney Craig said.

  • An adult bald eagle soars over Nippersink Lake in Fox Lake as a younger eagle stays close.

    Congregation of eagles becomes a pasttime for some Lake County residentsMar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    More bald eagles than anyone can remember have made their winter homes in the Chain `O Lakes area.“They’re majestic. They’re gorgeous. They’re so easy to spot,” said Nadine Norton, a Fox Lake resident. “This has been our pastime these long and cold winter months.”

  • Kane County Animal Control Director Robert Sauceda pets a pregnant donkey Wednesday on a Hampshire farm, as animal control Warden Brianna Leland feeds hay to ponies and horses in one of the fields. Animal Control took over care of the animals Tuesday.

    Hampshire-area petting zoo loses license; 2 more dead goats foundMar 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kane County is continuing to take care of animals that were found without adequate food and water on a Hampshire farm, awaiting word from the state about whether the animals will be taken from their owner. Kane County Animal Control Director Robert Sauceda said the two animals were found in a 12-inch pile of straw, feces and urine. “It’s a mess,” he said Friday.

  • Stop by Stillman Nature Center from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, and build a nest box for house wrens.

    Build a wren house at Stillman Nature CenterMar 6, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Stillman Nature Center invites you to build a nest box for house wrens on Sunday, March 30.

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