I have been in contact with one of Hanna’s family members. I spoke with him on the phone and we had a really long conversation. You will be happy to hear that they did eventually convince her to sell the goats and get rid of some of the birds after the show was filmed. The only animals still on the property today are the chickens and some guinea pigs. The Department of Agriculture responded to our complaints and went out to her property yesterday. Unfortunately they didn’t remove the animals that were still there, but they did open all the cages and release the birds into the outdoor pen (while Hanna yelled and screamed at them). This isn’t nearly enough in my opinion, but at least they aren’t squished in those feces filled cages anymore… for now.
This family member explained to me that they have gotten rid of Hanna’s animals in the past but she just goes and buys more and the state does nothing to prevent this from happening despite neighbors and family members constantly reporting her. So although some progress has been made, it is likely that this situation will just continue to repeat itself.
Most of the family members don’t have any contact with Hanna, and some of them are of the opinion that she should have been put in prison a long time ago, not only for the way she treats the animals, but for the way she treated her children and allowed others to treat them. Once again, this situation comes down to the state and law enforcement not doing their jobs. I was told some pretty disturbing stories about Hanna, and it’s clear that law enforcement dropped the ball big time on this woman – and continue to do so.
Hanna has a court appearance coming up next week and hopefully some progress will finally be made there.
I have also been in contact with someone from PETA and apparently I was wrong in thinking that the DOA were the only people with the authority to remove the animals. Here is an excerpt from his email:
“The sheriff’s department can enforce cruelty laws as they pertain to any animal, so-called “agricultural” animals included, make no mistake. They likely have an internal policy that such species “belong” to the DOA, and my guess is this would be because they feel ill equipped, either financially/resource-wise, knowledge-wise, or both, to deal with animals who aren’t dogs or cats. But this isn’t law. Here’s a link to Illinois’ animal protection laws … they’re actually pretty good relative to other states. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusil510ilcs70_1_16.htm#sec70_3_02
Here is PETA’s fact sheet about hoarders, please feel free to share it: http://origin.www.helpinganimals.com/pdfs/hoardingsingle72.pdf.
…our push is that all animals be confiscated (upon conviction, be this provision a part of the sentencing or a plea agreement) and that she be banned from owning or harboring animals in the future. We’ve already written to the prosecutor. I think you should encourage the many visitors to your blog, to do the same! Our letter may help folks know how/what to ask for specifically, I’ve attached it. Of course their words should be their own ;) “
We still need your help on this guys! So please write, email, fax, and call the proper authorities (<– I finally found a legitimate use for the term “proper authorities”!) until this situation is fixed!
Her name is Hanna Palmer and she is from Vienna, Illinois.
Please write to the prosecutor and ask them to include a provision in her sentencing or plea deal that prevents her from owning animals in the future. Her hearing is next week:
State’s Attorney of Johnson County:
400 Court Street
Vienna, IL 62995-1564
(618) 658-2908 fax
Call, write, or email the Department of Agriculture and demand that they remove ALL of the animals from Hanna’s property immediately:
Illinois Department of Agriculture
Bureau of Animal Welfare
P.O. Box 19281
Springfield, IL 62794-9281
(217) 782 – 6657
(217) 524 – 7702 fax
Call or send a letter to the sheriff and demand that he take action to prevent animals from being abused. Despite what the Sheriff’s department is claiming, they do have the legal right to enforce cruelty laws:
Sheriff Elry Faulkner
P.O. Box 546
Vienna, IL 62995
(618) 658-5951 fax
I want to thank everyone who called and sent emails yesterday. Even though this case is not over yet, there are a bunch of chickens in Illinois who are at least free tonight and not crammed in tight, dirty cages. And that’s better than nothing!
❤ THANK YOU ALL FOR CARING! ❤