More than 500 animals rescued from Virginia farm

Animals were living in filth without adequate food or shelter for months... maybe even years.

LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WVEC) -- Almost 500 neglected animals were rescued from a Louisa County farm Wednesday night.

The County Sheriff's Office was called because goats were in the middle of West Old Mountain Road. An Animal Control Officer was dispatched, and was able to get the goats rounded up and back home.

Once the goats were returned to the farm, deputies found several animals in distress and deceased on the farm.

According to our sister station WRIC, 9 animals were found dead and more than 300 were placed in a temporary shelter.

A veterinarian was called to the scene and determined that some of the animals would have to be euthanized, and the rest of the animals would need to be removed from the farm.

Rescued animals include, goats, horses, emus, sheep, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, ducks, cats, and a peacock.

According to police, animals will be housed at the Louisa Fireman's Fairgrounds until more suitable arrangements can be found.

Authorities are asking for volunteers to help take care of all the animals. Anyone interested in helping should contact Louisa CART or the Animal Control Officer Division of the Louisa County Sheriff's Office.

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