Hundreds of animals rescued from Virginia farm

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LOUISA COUNTY, Va. — Goats, horses, emus, sheep, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, a peacock, ducks, and cats were among the hundreds of animals rescued Wednesday, according to the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office. The animals were discovered after Louisa Animal Control was dispatched to West Old Mountain Road to deal with goats in the street.

“When they went to put the animals back in, [they] located several more animals that were in distress and some that were deceased. A veterinarian responded and suggested that some of the animals would have to be euthanized, and the rest of the animals would need to be removed,” a Louisa Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said. “These animals are going to be housed at the Louisa Fireman’s Fairgrounds until more suitable arrangements can be found.”

Volunteers from Louisa’s Community Animal Response Team (Louisa CART) spent Wednesday helping county officials rescue the animals.

“Volunteers are needed to help assist in the care of these animals,” the sheriff’s spokesperson said. “If you would like to assist, please contact Louisa CART (540-223-1196), the animal shelter or the Sheriff’s Office.”

Information about the owner of the animals has not yet been released by investigators.

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