Thanks to calls from concerned locals, hundreds of innocent animals have been saved from a heartbreaking hoarding situation in Tenino, Washington.
When Thurston County Animal Services and the Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County arrived on the scene, what they saw could only be described as something out of a horror movie; the level of neglect was unfathomable. Though the rescue group called it the worst seizure it had ever seen, the sheriff’s office reports there is the possibility that the farm owners could go uncharged. A Care2 petition has been formed to urge authorities to take this case seriously by investigating and charging the farm owners with animal cruelty.
The animals rescued include 23 miniature horses, 10 goats, eight dogs, two cats, three rabbits, and more than 200 chickens, turkeys, ducks, and domestic birds. These innocent animals deserve justice and it’s up to animal lovers to make sure they get it.
Kathy Bailey, President of Hooved Animal Rescue, stated, “When we put fresh water down for (the animals), they just scrambled for that water. I don’t know how long it has been since they had fresh water. It was heartbreaking to see that.” She also estimates the cost of treating all the animals to exceed $15,000. Hundreds of animals were left without even basic needs — no access to food or water. Horses had hooves overgrown beyond belief, many suffering from illness, and others had visible sores on their bodies. If that doesn’t put things in perspective as to how serious this situation is, we don’t know what will.
Signing the petition will send a message that the abuse, neglect, and abandonment of animals is unacceptable. You cannot simply take animals, animals that depend on you to care for them, and completely fail them on such a massive level – and then not take responsibility for those failures. These cruel farm owners need to be charged!
Image Source: Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County