California woman accused of starving 110 animals
August 3, 2015
A Monterey County woman allegedly kept more than 100 animals on a cluttered piece of land with no access to food or water for an extended period of time. [Monterey Herald]
On Monday, Monterey County’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) received an anonymous call stating dead and dying animals were being housed on a property in Moss Landing. Later in the day, SPCA officers arrived at the property and found five cow skeletons and two dogs in crates in a locked car.
They also discovered piglets with no shelter from the sun or access to water and an anemic border collie mix dog that would have not survived another day, according to the SPCA. The property also had buckets of spoiled milk that were in the sun and covered with flies.
SPCA workers rescued 34 calves, four cows, 35 goats, three sheep, three hens, two ducks, five piglets, 15 dogs and four kittens.
The woman who owns the property blamed the neglect of the animals on a shipment of bad hay. She has not been arrested, but authorities have received a request to file several charges against her.
Investigators are trying to determine how long the animals had been in the woman’s care and how long they went without basic needs.
The SPCA says the animals will be up for adoption once they are healthy and the case is resolved. The agency is seeking people who would welcome animals that are more difficult to adopt, like piglets and the male cows.