On January 26, 2021, Woodstock Farm Sanctuary worked with the North Greenbush Police and Mohawk Hudson Humane Society to rescue animals from a neglect case in Wynantskill, New York.

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Image courtesy of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

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Police had previously received a complaint about the lack of adequate shelter, food, and water for the over 200 animals on this farm. When rescuers arrived for the animals, they saw how truly awful these conditions were. According to a Woodstock Farm Sanctuary Facebook post, there were “Coops tied with zip ties that had to be cut with bolt cutters, inches of feces everywhere. The animals had zero water, were being fed old produce and bread soaked in sour milk, and their only hay was moldy and mixed with plastic.” Dead animals were also found around the farm.

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Image courtesy of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary

According to an emailed release, Woodstock Farm Sanctuary expected to provide a new home for one cow and a few chickens, however, they ended up taking in 53 of the neglected animals, including two baby calves, seven turkeys, six ducks, and 38 chickens, during the rescue. Rachel McCrystal, the Executive Director of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary, explained, “once we were on the ground, we saw the need for us to take as many of the farmed animals as possible. It was truly heartbreaking and I wasn’t comfortable not saving everyone we possibly could.” Rescuers had to work quickly, as a snowstorm was set to come later that day.

The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society was able to take in many of the dogs and cats.

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The neglect was so severe that all 53 of the animals were in need of immediate medical attention at the sanctuary or, for the calves, at the Cornell Animal Hospital. To help Woodstock Farm Sanctuary cover the costs of this unexpected rescue and ensure that these animals get the care that they need, you can donate here. They are in need of nominal gifts as well as clean bath towels, bleach, and paper towels. Any donated goods can be mailed to Woodstock Farm Sanctuary 2 Rescue Road, High Falls, NY 12440.

Sadly, the Mohawk Hudon Humane Society placed many of the rescued animals on other farms. Sign this petition to demand that they have the farms sign contracts that they will not breed, sell, or slaughter the animals while sanctuary homes are lined up; allow relocation of animals from the farms to legitimate sanctuaries; and work with sanctuaries to find foster and permanent placement for each animal within 30 days.

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