Eight head of rare ‘Kerry’ cattle, a Holstein cow and 22 Saanen, Lamancha and Alpine-mix goats are looking for their forever homes following an animal cruelty investigation, according to the MSPCA.
Tom Grenham, director of law enforcement at the MSPCA, said his team responded to a request from Amherst’s animal welfare officer on March 14. While there, a veterinarian listed all the cows as severely neglected and malnourished, and all were infected with parasites. .
The goats were described as severely neglected and malnourished and also infected with internal and external parasites.
“It was very clear when they arrived that the animals had very serious problems, with one cow already dead and the others in need of urgent medical attention,” he said.
Three animals, a cow and two goats, were in pain and had to be euthanized on the spot.
“Unfortunately, half of the goat herd tested positive for an infectious disease called caprine arthritic encephalitis (CAE) and had to be humanely euthanized,” said Mike Keiley, director of adoption centers and programs at the MSPCA. -Angell. “The other members of the herd who tested negative are considered exposed to CAE, but are thriving. We will make the remaining herd available for adoption on a farm where they can be the only goats and sheep on the property.
The MSPCA has filed 35 counts of animal cruelty against Shannon Rice-Nichols of Hadley, Mass., who is due to stand trial in Eastern Hampshire District Court on May 12.
Anyone interested in adopting can contact the farm here.
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