workers recently seized 48 animals from a South Carolina farm that were in desperate need of medical attention and nourishment, WLTX
Officials had received a tip from a confidential source that informed them about the animals unhealthy conditions on the property. When they arrived they found 11 horses, 10 hogs, 16 piglets, 1 mule, 3 cats, 1 kitten, 4 dogs and 2 puppies.
"The animals were not receiving any protein or any of the nutrients needed to keep them healthy. Had the animals continued to live in the current condition, it would have certainly become a tragedy as many were in very bad shape," Humane Society Animal Cruelty investigator Eddie O'Cain told the news source.
The owner of the property had been taking in the animals from people who could no longer care for them. He was unable to provide them with the care they needed to due his financial situation. The animals have all been medically evaluated and transported to rescue shelters and farms that specialize in rehabilitation.
Every year in the United States, rescue shelters care for six to eight millions cats and dogs, according to the Humane Society.