Thief Takes Exotic Animal Shelter's Only Tractor

More than 300 animals live on this farm in rural Beecher, and the theft is a real hardship says Settlers Pond owner.

BEECHER, IL — A thief broke into a barn at the Settlers Pond Exotic Animal Shelter and drove off with the 60-acre nonprofit farm's only tractor on Thursday.

Home to rescued alpacas, camels, kangaroos, monkeys, sheep, goats, emus, tortoises, lizards and more, the shelter really needs that $17,000 piece of equipment to move water, hay and feed to the animals.

Without the tractor, a 12-hour workday has become 18 hours, says Aircolina "Pinky" Janota, who told her story to Sun-Times Media columnist Donna Vickroy.

This is the second tractor theft at the shelter in Beecher. Five years ago, through the generosity of Joyce Dennehy, Janota and her husband Rolly were able to replace the first stolen tractor.

“We were very close to her. She was like my mom,” Janota told Vickroy. “Most of these animals were rescued by her generosity. So when they stole that tractor, they didn’t just steal a piece of equipment, they stole a piece of our hearts.”

Their hearts are big — big enough to care for more than 300 abandoned, wounded and lame animals.

Learn more, and see photos, via Donna Vickroy's column on SunTimes.com

Would you like to help? Apply to be a volunteer. Donations can be made to Settlers Pond, 1301 E. Offner Road, Beecher.

Phone: 708-663-8103 | Website: settlerspondshelter.net

Dee April 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Click shelter's link above, donations can be made thru their site.
Ex Jolietian April 20, 2014 at 10:41 PM
I would suggest they install LoJack on their equipment. Rental companies have been using LoJack for years.
local guy April 21, 2014 at 08:21 AM
Made a donation thru the attached website. It was easy, you can donate via paypal or a credit card. Also I found out that you can donate material items as well such as dog food or other pet supplies.
Tori April 21, 2014 at 12:17 PM
I pray that the stolen tractor is located quickly and that the person(s) who stole it have horrible karma the rest of their worthless lives!!
SouthSide April 21, 2014 at 12:31 PM
http://www.settlerspondshelter.net/donate.html There is a DONATE button that takes you to paypal from the link above.


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