Animal Writes
From 18 May 2003 Issue

Special Homes Needed for Cruelty Victims!

This past Friday, May 9, Farm Sanctuary's New York shelter responded to a request from local law enforcement authorities for assistance in an animal abuse case. A local farm owner was starving and neglecting his animals, and Farm Sanctuary was needed to help confiscate and foster the victims.

When our Shelter Director arrived on the scene, she was overcome by the powerful stench of rotting, decomposing bodies and a living nightmare for dozens of animals. Cattle, sheep, goats, rabbits, and other animals were living among mounds of feces, some tethered so tightly they could not walk or lie down. A goat was tied down between the bodies of two dead horses; a donkey, crippled from neglect, was unable to take a step without excruciating pain; three emaciated cows refused to enter a barn that was filled with the decaying bodies of dead cattle. Farm Sanctuary and other foster facilities are providing rehabilitation and temporary housing for the animals; the cattle, who remain at the farm, are being cared for and need to be removed as soon as possible.

Unfortunately, our New York shelter does not have permanent housing space available for many of the animals. WE ARE URGENTLY LOOKING FOR SAFE, PERMANENT, LOVING HOMES FOR THESE ANIMALS. Please, help provide a "happy ending" for animals who have known only fear and pain. Many of these animals will be "special needs" for some time and require tremendous patience, love and understanding to help them recover.

If you can provide this special home, please go to for further information and an adoption application. You are also welcome to contact our shelter at: 607-583-2276, ext. 223, or go to for further information on the case.

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