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Over 200 animals rescued from Montgomery farm

TOWN OF MONTGOMERY – It is believed to be one of the worst mass mistreatment of animals in Orange County. The Humane Enforcement Division of the Hudson Valley SPCA Saturday led the rescue of 200 animals from a farm in the Town of Montgomery.

Farm Sanctuary reported tht tthe owner of the property owns a restaurant and was keeping the animals to kill for meat and serve to his customers.

Many of the suriving animals were not in good shape (photos: Jim Lennon)

Susie Coston, national shelter director of Farm Sanctuary of Watkins Glen, was on the scene and said the animals were in very poor health.

“You have a very high parasite count so you have a lot of emaciated, anemic animals,” Coston said.  “We had some collapse even while trying to catch them. They are all way underweight. I don’t understand how this is being used for food because these animals are really, really thin. The cattle have pink eye so you have conjunctivitis spreading through the cattle. We have some pigs in a really just deplorable barn with no ventilation.”

The investigation into the situation began when Gene Hecht, the chief enforcement officer of the Humane Division of the Hudson Valley SPCA, received a call of a dead sheep.

“There were dead animals in a field rotting away,” Hecht said. “There was no food or water” for the live animals, which Hecht said were apparently being slaughtered for food.


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