DALEVILLE, Ind. — Authorities say they've seized dozens of animals from a central Indiana farm where numerous animal carcasses also were found.
Muncie Animal Care and Services officials went to the rural Daleville property Monday to investigate animal welfare, The Star Press reported. As of Tuesday afternoon, they removed about 50 goats, nine young cows and a pig from the 38-acre property.
The animals were taken to Muncie Animal Care and Services, which usually houses dogs and cats. Winchester farmer Scott Jester later took the goats and calves to care for them as pets, not as livestock.
Jester said he's just doing the right thing.
"It's just the way I was brought up," Jester said. "If we have the means to take care of it, then we will."
Once the goats and calves are treated for medical conditions, Jester will distribute them over several farms.
"The fact that they'll be kept as pets, we couldn't ask for anything better," said Muncie Animal Care and Services Director Phil Peckinpaugh. "It's a win-win."
Officials said some of the animals were in poor condition. Many of the goats were malnourished and others had open wounds, Peckinpaugh said.
Some cows and pigs were left on the property with the owner with the understanding that they'd get better care. The animal service will schedule a follow-up to check in on the welfare of the animals at a later date.
The property owner has cooperated with the surrender, Peckinpaugh said.
"It's just a guy that got in way over his head, and we are here to help," Peckinpaugh said.
Information from: The Star Press, http://www.thestarpress.com