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Llamas rescued from Nebraska ranch

Nearly 20 llamas, 12 cats and one puppy were rescued from a ranch in Nebraska when the owner's daughter called the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), concerned about the animals' welfare, the organization reports.

The owner willingly surrendered the animals to the HSUS, which worked with the Central Nebraska Humane Society and the Kearney Humane Society to remove the animals, which included 14 pregnant llamas.

"We are pleased that the owner contacted us when the care of her animals became too great for her to handle alone," Jocelyn Nickerson, Nebraska's director for the HSUS told the news source. "Many of these llamas had never been handled and were in need of substantial grooming and medical care."

The animals were well-fed when the responders arrived, but an injury the owner sustained in 2009 had prevented her from providing adequate general care.

The llamas were brought to the Southwest Llama Rescue and Southeast Llama Rescue's affiliate shelters where they will receive veterinary care and rehabilitation. They were in moderately good health, and will eventually be available for adoption. The 12 Siamese-mix cats were taken by the local Humane Societies that assisted with the animal rescue and the 8-month-old Weimeraner puppy was taken in by Wonder Weims Rescue in Omaha. 
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