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Eight very rare ‘Kerry’ cattle were saved from a farm in Amherst, Massachusetts after they were found in need of dire medical attention.

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is now caring for eight rescued cattle and searching for forever homes. Animal welfare officers were called to investigate a farm in Amherst and were shocked when they found the animals in horrible conditions, and one of the cattle had already died.

According to a Facebook post, the MSPCA is now caring for “eight head of very rare ‘Kerry’ cattle, along with one Holstein cow and 22 Saanen, Lamancha, and Alpine-mix goats,” at its Nevins Farm.

“These animals came from severe conditions, and our law enforcement department has pressed charges against the previous owner.”

“We are working closely with the American Kerry Cattle Association now to help identify an adopter to ensure these individual animals will be well cared for and to aid in the preservation of this majestic breed. We’re excited that the work we have done to protect and care for these animals may also prevent this breed of cattle from going extinct.”

Source: CBS Boston/Youtube

MSPCA-Angell said one of the cows and two goats that were found were in such poor condition that they were forced to euthanize the animals. The animals had parasites and were extremely malnourished.

According to MSPCA-Angell, Kerry cattle are a very rare breed.

“According to the American Kerry Cattle Association, these cows—and those like them—are most probably descendants of the Celtic Shorthorn, which were brought to Ireland as early as 2000 B.C.  Kerries were first imported to the U.S. beginning in 1818 but have all but disappeared from the American landscape.”

Anyone that is interested or can adopt the animals from Nevins can contact the farm at

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