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The Lake County Health Department announced Tuesday that they have identified the first human case of West Nile virus in Lake County in 2022.

Lake County Health Department spokeswoman Emily Young said the case was found in a Lake County man, who is in his 60s.The man became ill in early September.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported on August 30 that the first human case and death of West Nile virus in Illinois for the year was a Cook County resident in their 70s who became ill at the beginning of August.

West Nile virus was a contributing factor in the Cook County resident’s death and laboratory testing at the CDC confirmed the diagnosis.

“Take precautions to protect yourself from mosquito bites and West Nile virus,” said Mark Pfister, the Lake County Health Department’s Executive Director. “Even as the weather gets cooler, mosquitoes will remain active until the first hard frost,” Pfister said.

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This coyote is recovering at Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation in Barrington after being struck by a car, lodged in its grille and dragged early Sunday morning. (Courtesy of Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation)

A coyote that was struck by a vehicle, dragged across pavement and trapped for more than two hours in the car’s grille may survive its injuries after being freed by Lake County officials Sunday morning.

The coyote’s rear right foot was mangled after it was dragged across the pavement, but those taking care of him remain hopeful he’ll pull through.

“He is missing parts of his toes, but shockingly he has no broken legs,” said Dawn Keller Monday afternoon. “He is on pain meds, anti-inflammatories, antibiotics and vitamin shots. And we’re using other products to try to stave off infection and keep him comfortable.”

Keller, the founder and director of Barrington-based Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation, said Lake County officials told her the coyote was struck by the car around 5 a.m.

Keller said the driver of the car knew an animal was hit but the driver decided not to stop and investigate, and upon returning home did not take a look at the front of the car to see if it had been damaged by hitting the animal.

Had the driver looked, the coyote would have been seen pinned into the car’s grille but still holding on to life.

Instead, it was a neighbor who noticed the suffering coyote and alerted authorities, who arrived at around 7:30 a.m., Keller said.

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Christopher Castillo

A Carpentersville man who said God told him to kill his family’s dog pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated cruelty to an animal.

Christopher Castillo, 24, was sentenced to 18 months of probation. He could have received up to three years in prison.

Castillo is required to continue participating in psychotherapy.

According to Kane County Forest Preserve District police, around 4:30 a.m. March 25, 2021, Castillo told his parents he was taking the dog out for a walk.

When he did not return by 8 a.m., they reported him missing. The family eventually found Castillo’s car, a piece of clothing and the wounded dog in the parking lot of the Helm Woods Forest Preserve near Barrington Hills, authorities said.

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Related:Carpentersville man charged with animal cruelty in dog stabbing

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The Equestrian Commission will hold a special meeting this evening at 6:30 PM to review.  The sole topic on their agenda is, “Village Equestrian Trails.”

A copy of their agenda can be viewed and downloaded here. Recordings from the August 19th, 2021, meeting (the most recent recordings available) can be found here.

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The District 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 7:00 PM at the District Administration Center, 515 W. Main Street. Some of the topics on their agenda include:

  • Consideration to Approve TRS SSP Employer Participation Agreement
  • Consideration to Approve the Intergovernmental Agreement for Shared Instructional Services with Township High School District 214
  • Consideration to Approve 2022-23 Board Priorities

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here. The meeting will be live streamed on the district YouTube channel.

Related:Controversial ‘Gender Queer’ will remain on the shelf at Barrington High, school board decides

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After finding homes earlier this month for 91 beagles rescued from a Virginia breeding and research facility, Anderson Humane is going back the first week of September to pick up 75 more. (Rick West | Staff Photographer)

Another batch of beguiling beagles is headed to South Elgin.

After finding homes earlier this month for 91 beagles rescued from a breeding and research facility in Virginia, Anderson Humane is going back the first week of September to pick up 75 more.

“We just had such great success with this last batch,” said Dean Daubert, Anderson Humane’s chief operations officer. “When we were asked to take more, it was a no-brainer.”

Roughly 4,000 beagles were rescued in late July by the Humane Society of the United States from Envigo, a breeding and research facility in Virginia. A federal judge had approved the rescue after U.S. Department of Agriculture officials found dozens of federal regulation violations that resulted in dogs being ill, injured and underfed, and in some cases, dying.

Three cargo vans from Anderson arrived at the facility on Aug. 8 carrying 91 male beagles 6 to 18 months old. The dogs, which never had been in a vehicle or even stepped on grass until they got to the shelter, arrived in surprisingly good spirits.

“They were so good, and they were so adoptable,” Daubert said. “There was a little bit of shyness and timidness at first, but still a desire to interact with people. We’ve heard some great stories from our fosters that they got over that stuff pretty quick.”

For more information on fostering or adopting a pet, visit ahconnects.org/beagles or call (847) 697-2880.

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Fawn Windo

Long Grove Fire Protection District firefighters came to the rescue Monday morning when a fawn, estimated to be about 6 weeks old, fell through a home’s window well cover and became trapped. (Courtesy of the Long Grove Fire Protection District)

With Lake County animal control unavailable and a wildlife intake center out of reach, Long Grove firefighters knew it was up to them to rescue a baby deer that had fallen into a home’s window well Monday morning.

Not only would they need to find a way to liberate the fawn, but they also needed to do it before the animal smashed through the window and damaged valuable artifacts in the basement.

The only question — how?

“We couldn’t put a ladder down, because it started to freak out, and we didn’t want it to punch through the (window) glass,” Long Grove Fire Protection District Lt. Kris Mullen said.

The firefighters landed on a solution — lowering webbing into the well and guiding the fawn into it. Once the fawn was secure, they quickly lifted her out with a rope.

As part of the procedure, the fawn’s face was covered.

“Animals, especially wild ones, and even horses, you kind of cover their eyes so they can’t see,” Mullen said. “And they kind of calm down a little bit.”

Once the fawn was out, firefighters carried her over to nearby grass, undid the webbing and let her go.

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Wayne Pigs

One of four pigs that have been on the loose in the Wayne area for more than two weeks has been caught.

“A teenage kid in the area who actually went out looking for them in the woods got close enough to them to actually grab the mom,” said Kelly Owens, founder/president of Wayne-based Hands & Hooves Riding, Rescue & Rehabilitation, who is helping in the efforts to capture the pigs. “And we believe he was able to do that because she had a hurt leg. She was not moving very fast.”

Hands & Hooves is located on Army Trail Road near where the pigs have been seen. The pig, which was caught Sunday afternoon, is on the mend, and the nonprofit Chicagoland Pig Rescue is taking care of her.

“She is doing very well,” Owens said on Wednesday.

The other three pigs remain on the loose. Owens said they are coming up with a new plan to catch them.

“Their pattern changed after we got Mom,” Owens said. “We had been tracking them and we thought we had our trap in the right place. But they kind of all separated and now finally found their way back together as of today. So we are happy about that. Their pattern was pretty erratic the last few days. So we are coming up with a plan to move the trap to a different location.”

Owens said they might be able to catch the pigs as they are walking into a barn in the area.

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Related:Meanwhile, in the stately Village of Wayne: Police working to corral pigs on the loose,” “Update: Roaming pigs elude capture in Wayne for more than a week

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Wayne Pigs

Efforts continue to try to capture four pigs on the loose in the Wayne area.

Despite efforts to catch them, four pigs remain on the loose in the Wayne area.

“A live trap has been set up in the area,” Wayne Police Chief Tim Roberts said in an email on Thursday. “We continue to receive sightings and attempts have been made to corral them into a fenced-in area with no luck. A larger group of people is being put together to be available so they can be guided to an enclosure.”

The pigs have been on the loose for more than a week. They had initially been seen around the western portion of Army Trail Road from approximately Robin Lane to Fox Glen Drive. Roberts is still hopeful the pigs can be caught sooner rather than later.

“We still feel confident that we will be able to catch them in due time,” he said.

Kelly Owens, founder/president of Wayne-based Hands & Hooves Riding, Rescue & Rehabilitation, has joined in the efforts to capture the pigs. Hands & Hooves is located on Army Trail Road in the vicinity of where the pigs have been seen.

Somebody called me and said these pigs are right around the corner from you,” Owens said last Friday. “I am also a humane investigator with the Department of Agriculture, so I get a lot of calls about loose animals. My job now is to just try to catch them, which is going to prove hard because they don’t seem to be very trusting of people.”

One of the reasons it has been hard to catch them is because they are fast. “They can take off and run like a dog,” Owens said.

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Related:Meanwhile, in the stately Village of Wayne: Police working to corral pigs on the loose

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The Barrington Hills Park District Board will hold their regular monthly meeting this evening in person and via Zoom at 7:00 PM. Topics on their agenda include:

  • Horizon Farms Update
  • Damaged John Deere 4700 Tractor
  • New Tractor/Mower Future Purchases, existing equipment update, and
  • Hills are Alive Event Preparations*

A copy of their agenda can be viewed here. Instructions for accessing the meeting remotely can be found here

*The Hills Are Alive Fall Festival returns to the Riding Center September 18th.

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