SAUGERTIES, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A local rescue farm is taking in several animals from what the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is calling the largest ever animal cruelty case in the Northeast.
The Catskill Animal Sanctuary in Saugerties is home to around 300 rescued farm animals.
Friday morning, the sanctuary will welcome in nine more: Four sheep and five calves that were among the 1,000 animals living in squalor on a farm in Westport, Mass.
“I believe it was a meth lab, they were keeping chickens to cover up the smell, and his feet have been frost bitten off,” Meredith said.
The ASPCA removed the animals from the farm over the summer, but many of them have been in quarantine until now because of the conditions they were living in.
“What I saw were water containers filled with dirt, no water; animals actually on the property were dead, animals everywhere; there was food that was rotted, old bread, and horrible, horrible smells,” said Kelly Mullins from the Catskill Animal Sanctuary.
The criminal investigation into the case is still underway.
The animals will arrive on Friday at 10 a.m.