On Wednesday, dozens of suffering animals were rescued for an “animal sanctuary” in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In a release, the Bucks County SPCA described the conditions at the property in Plumstead Township:
Multiple animals, including 41 ducks and chickens, were found to be living in filthy pens, trapped in temperatures of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit with no access to food or water. Four of the sheep on the property had extremely thick, matted coats and were also without access to food or water. Eight cats and kittens appeared to be ill and were living in unsanitary conditions.
Officer Thompson and her team served a search warrant, and with assistance from Plumstead Police Department and the Plumstead Fire Department, transported the suffering overheated animals to BCSPCA’s comfortable barn and pastures in Quakertown, the cats and kittens will be cared for in the society’s shelter on Reservoir Road. The BCSPCA veterinary team is overseeing the medical evaluation and treatment of the 62 animals.
The owner of the property, identified as Holly Hoagland, denies mistreating the animals. She tells the Bucks County Courier Times:
“All of these animals are healthy, fed, watered, in safe conditions, safe from predators. They get to free-range all day long. They are vetted,” said Hoagland, who said she has been a farmer 35 years. “I know how to take care of animals.”
Linda Reider, executive director of the BCSPCA, stated:
While we are saddened to witness suffering of this scale, we stand ready at all times to rescue both pets and farm animals from situations like this anywhere in Bucks County. The support we receive from the local community means these animals will get the medical treatment and expert care they so desperately need, and the person responsible will face charges of animal cruelty. We cannot change these animals’ past, but we can change their future.”
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