Photos by the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office
Goats, horses, emus, sheep, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, a peacock, ducks, and cats were among an estimated 300 animals rescued from a Louisa County farm yesterday in what is being described by law enforcement as an animal neglect case.
The animals were discovered after Louisa Animal Control was dispatched after being notified that there were goats wandering in the street.
“When they went to put the animals back in, they located several more animals that were in distress and some that were deceased,” a Louisa Sheriff’s Office spokesperson told WTVR. “A veterinarian responded and suggested that some of the animals would have to be euthanized, and the rest of the animals would need to be removed.”
According to thecentralvirginian.com, the sheriff’s office, animal control officers and an estimated dozen volunteers from Louisa Community Animal Response Team (CART) dressed in Tyvek suits and wearing respirators arrived at the scene to help move the animals from the 40-acre farm to temporary shelter at the Louisa Fireman’s Fairgrounds.
Louisa County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mark Stanton, who called the conditions at the farm deplorable, praised the work of the animal response team volunteers.
“I can’t say enough good things about the CART team,” he said. “They brought all their equipment, their cages, their personnel, their vet and the whole nine yards. This is what they do.”
Stanton also commended the community which provided feed, wood shavings, and hay for the various animals.
No warrants have been filed as of yet pending the results of the investigation. The sheriff’s office would not comment on the owner of the animals as the investigation is ongoing.
People who would like to help these poor neglected animals can contact Louisa CART at (540) 223-1196, the animal shelter at (540) 894-4219 or the Sheriff’s Office at (540) 967-1234.
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