Animals found emaciated on LI farm

March 22, 2010 2:52:57 PM PDT
Nearly 100 farm animals were found living without food and water at a farm on Long Island. Some of the animals were very weak and emaciated.

Sadly, some others couldn't even survive in those conditions.

SPCA officials are now investigating the farm and its owner in Aquebogue.

Investigators responded after an anonymous tip led them to more than a dozen goats which were found dumped in the North Fork Preserve.

Officials followed the trail to a farm where most of the animals were discovered in poor health, severely malnourished and living in deplorable conditions..

"The animals are always running around," said neighbor Carmela Pahlanuk.

Pahlanuk lives next door to the farm and says her husband erected a fence to keep the animals off their property.

"I feel so bad for the animals crying out for help," said Pahlanuk.

It's still not clear whether financial troubles played a role in the neglect of the animals.

The SPCA says animals that are in poor condition will have to remain on the farm incase they are carrying diseases.

Those animals still alive included cattle with their ribs showing.

Roy Gross of the Suffolk County SPCA says sheep, pigs, goats, horses, chickens and ducks were also rescued.

The owner has yet to be charged with any crime.

The SPCA asked that people who want to make donations call 631-382-7722.

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