08 May 2012

Farm Sanctuary saves 60 animals from gruesome conditions

Farm Sanctuary is rehabilitating over 60 animals they recently rescued from a Cattaraugus county farm.

The farm was under investigation by the Cattaraugus County SPCA, and facing previous charges of neglect.  When Farm Sanctuary was brought in to help, they encountered what emergency rescuers described as a cross between Little Shop of Horrors and Silence of the Lambs.  Upon arrival, they found a barn cluttered with trash and filth, housing over thirty severely emaciated sheep.  Many starving ewes were struggling to nourish their lambs.

Not only did they come across this sad situation, they also found a gruesome slaughterhouse, which is currently being investigated by the USDA.  The SPCA is pushing to charge the owner with neglect and cruelty, and to prevent future animal ownership.

Initially going in to rescue sheep, Farm Sanctuary also left with a goat, as well as cows and chickens, all of which were extremely ill.  All the animals are being rehabilitated either onsite or by other facilities, such as Cornell University's Hospital for Animals.  Farm Sanctuary is asking for donations to fund the care for these animals.

Once rehabilitated, the animals will go to their new homes, provided by the adoption network and several nearby shelters, including VINE Sanctuary, Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary and Catskill Animal Sanctuary.

Amanda Chary
Vermont Amanda's dream is to one day tend a sustainable garden, take care of pigs, and edit novels in the desert, or at least somewhere much warmer. She likes to read, doodle, watch movies, sing (poorly), take in sunshine and goof off. All things robot, squid or whimsical are of interest.

Photo credit: Farm Sanctuary