Walk for Farm Animals: the Cattaraugus 60

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Walk for Farm Animals: the Cattaraugus 60

Since Liberation BC’s 6th annual Walk for Farm Animals to benefit Farm Sanctuary is coming up on September 29th, it’s time to get to know just a few of the some of the approximately 900 animals who live at Farm Sanctuary’s three shelters. (It’s also time to register and get started fundraising!)

This is part of a series of farm animal stories on our blog.

This year, Farm Sanctuary learned about a case of horrifying abuse and neglect on a farm in Cattaraugus County, New York:

The “farm” was cluttered with rubbish and abandoned equipment. The smell of death and decay was palpable. A barn crammed with old tools, tires, and trash of all sorts housed emaciated sheep and many newly born lambs. The barn was sectioned off into makeshift stalls with pallets and scrap metal tied together with ropes, halters, and chains. The animals had no access to food or water. Chickens lined the stalls in the darkness, and a room off to the left held a recently deceased sheep — no doubt the mother of one of the tiny lambs. The stench in this room was overpowering. (more)

In total, there were thirty or so sheep, twenty chickens, one goat, and seven cows, including a nursing mother and her calf.  All of the animals were severely emaciated, ridden with lice and parasites, and suffering from mange.  Some sheep had hoof rot so severe that they were in danger of losing their hooves entirely;  one, a mother of two tiny lambs, already had.

The Farm Sanctuary Rescue Team brought all of the animals back to their New York shelter for the intensive medical treatment they required.  (Lila, the goat, was so severely ill that she was rushed to the Cornell University Hospital for Animals, where she received a blood transfusion and IV fluids.)  The sheep were of particular concern and required extra care to determine whether the mothers were even able to provide enough milk for their lambs.

rescued sheep, shorn clean and eating grass

The sheep, shorn clean and finally eating shortly after rescue. (Photo: Lauren Shute)

All twenty chickens will stay at the shelter; meanwhile, Farm Sanctuary collaborated with Woodstock Animal Sanctuary and Catskills Farm Animal Sanctuary to find homes for some of the sheep and lambs.  Additionally, three of the cows will be going to VINE Sanctuary in Vermont.

In June, it was discovered that despite their extreme emaciation, two of the cows, Belinda and Oleander, were actually pregnant.  (Unlike most cows raised as beef or for milk, these mothers will actually be able to keep their babies.)  And on the 20th, Belinda gave birth to a healthy son!

Liberation BC is proud to support Farm Sanctuary by participating in the annual Walk for Farm Animals.  Won’t you join us?

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