More than 100 animals rescued from hellish conditions on ranch
More than 100 neglected animals living in horrific conditions on an upstate ranch have been rescued, police said.
A total of 102 animals — including nine dogs, a cat, 20 pigs, seven donkeys, 13 chickens, three ducks, 13 sheep, 25 geese and seven rabbits — were acquired by the Susquehanna Animal Shelter on Saturday.
The animals were saved from a 26-acre farm in Garrattsville in the town of New Lisbon after the SAS assisted the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department in an animal cruelty investigation.
Police were called to the farm Friday after a passer-by noticed a goose caught in an electrified fence and alerted authorities.
When cops arrived, they discovered the goose dead and animals on the property with no food or water and confined in tight spaces.
A goat’s carcass also was found on the farm, where feces were piled so high in a basement that authorities struggled to open the door to rescue the dogs inside.
“This didn’t happen in days, or even months,” Otsego County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Stalter said, according to AllOtsego.com. “I think it’s one of our worst [animal cruelty cases] — certainly the largest.”
Authorities arrested a man and woman who own the property — who were not there at the time cops arrived — on charges of animal cruelty, growing marijuana and possession of marijuana.
Most of the rescued animals were adopted, according to the SAS.
“The dogs and cat are being cared for at the shelter and their status is currently confidential, but we will keep you updated!” the nonprofit, Cooperstown-based shelter said in a Facebook post.
The shelter added: “We are SO grateful to everyone who has already stepped up and offered their help!!!”
The Ostego County Sheriff’s Office also offered its thanks.
“The outpouring of support from the public offering hay, feed and homes has been overwhelming and we thank you all,” the department said in a Facebook post.