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The HSUS Assists in Rescue of More Than 70 North Carolina Farm Animals

The Humane Society of the United States and Greene County Animal Control worked together to rescue more than 70 animals living in unsafe and inhumane conditions on a Walstonburg property. These animals included 28 pigs, three horses, two goats, 30 chickens, six geese and four turkeys.

"The Humane Society of the United States works to protect all animals, from dogs and cats to farm animals and wildlife," said Scotlund Haisley, senior director of Emergency Services for The HSUS. "All animals deserve humane treatment and to be protected from cruelty and harm."

The HSUS was called in to support Greene County Animal Control by providing animal handling, intake and documentation, transport, sheltering and placement assistance on this rescue mission. Wilson County Animal Control, Snow Hill Animal Control and Greene County Sheriff's Department also assisted in the rescue. Unfortunately several dead piglets and goats were found on the property before responders arrived, and others were in danger of freezing to death as temperatures dipped into the 20s.

When rescuers arrived on the scene, they found the animals living on a dilapidated, trash-strewn property. Many of the animals had been living in mud up to their armpits before it recently froze over. These animals had no access to dry land, water or adequate shelter. Broken glass and rusty wire also littered the area where the animals were living. These conditions left the animals susceptible to sickness and serious injury.

Rescuers are safely removing all of the animals and transporting them to an emergency shelter set up at the Wilson County Fairgrounds. The animals will be examined by veterinarians and receive any necessary immediate medical care. Once custody is determined, The HSUS plans to place the rescued animals with sanctuaries where they can live out their lives in comfort.

High-quality video and still photos from the rescue are available upon request. 


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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the web at humanesociety.org. 

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