facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Dozens of dead farm animals, 'walking skeletons' found in Indiana barn

April 10, 2013 at 4:07 PM   |   Comments

ANDERSON, Ind., April 10 (UPI) -- Seventy-five to 100 dead farm animals were discovered in a barn in central Indiana and others found alive are "walking skeletons," animal advocates said.

"It looks like hell. I don't know how else to describe it," said Maleah Stringer, director of the non-profit Animal Protection League in Anderson. "Bodies are piled up on top of each other. The alive ones are sleeping on the dead ones. It's horrible. It's horrific."

WISH-TV, Indianapolis, reported county Sheriff Ron Richardson called it "a very serious situation."

"In my career, in over 35 years, I have never seen anything this large," he told reporters Wednesday.

The animals found Tuesday in the Madison County barn included chickens, cows, geese, sheep, goats and horses, The Indianapolis Star reported.

The TV station said 30 animals were found alive but thirsty, including eight mini horses, six sheep, a llama, two ponies and some chickens, ducks, turkeys and rabbits.

Police, veterinary officials and prosecutors were investigating the animals' deaths.

Stringer said her group would find foster homes for the remaining animals after veterinarians examine them. Richardson said he didn't know if any animals would need to be euthanized.

Property owner Daniel Ault, who owns a meat-processing business in Grant County, was not at the property when officials first arrived, WISH said.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Six Flags fight leaves boy critically injured, may have been organized on Twitter Six Flags fight leaves boy critically injured, may have been organized on Twitter
2
Mayor of LA suburb shot, killed inside home Mayor of LA suburb shot, killed inside home
3
Jury in 'loud music' retrial to get case Wednesday morning Jury in 'loud music' retrial to get case Wednesday morning
4
Kiev slams Russia for bringing criminal complaints against Ukraine's armed forces Kiev slams Russia for bringing criminal complaints against Ukraine's armed forces
5
Wisc. reporter told 'not to speak to crowd' at Michelle Obama event Wisc. reporter told 'not to speak to crowd' at Michelle Obama event
Trending News
x
Feedback