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Llamas, Cats and Puppy Rescued in Nebraska

The HSUS, Southeast Llama Rescue, Southwest Llama Rescue, Central Nebraska Humane Society, Kearney Humane Society and Wonder Weims Rescue team up to save animals from neglect

The Humane Society of the United States was called to assist in the removal of 19 llamas, 12 cats and one puppy from a Gordon, Neb., ranch.


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The owner willingly surrendered the animals, admitting that they were housed in unhealthy conditions and lacked proper socialization and medical care. The Southwest Llama Rescue and Southeast Llama Rescue took the 19 llamas—including 14 pregnant females—and have placed them in sanctuaries in Colorado and Illinois.

“We are pleased that the owner contacted us when the care of her animals became too great for her to handle alone.  Many of these llamas had never been handled and were in need of substantial grooming and medical care,” said Jocelyn Nickerson, Nebraska state director for The Humane Society of the United States. “The Humane Society of the United States is proud to work with rescue groups to give these animals the second chance they deserve.”

The case began when The Humane Society of the United States received a call from the ranch owner’s daughter who was concerned about the welfare of the animals and was seeking assistance with permanent placement of all llamas on the property. After confirming with the owner that she intended to surrender all llamas on the property, The HSUS then called upon several animal rescues to assist in animal handling, transportation and sheltering. In addition to the llamas, The Central Nebraska Humane Society and Kearney Humane Society agreed to take and place the 12 Siamese-mix cats and Wonder Weims Rescue of Omaha, Neb., received the 8-month-old Weimaraner puppy.

“We are often called upon to assist with cases originating in rural communities and are happy to work collaboratively to save these animals,” said Laurie Dethloff, executive director of the Central Nebraska Humane Society. “The cats arrived in good condition and will be placed up for adoption once a full veterinary evaluation is complete.”

Once safely removed, the 19 llamas were transported to Southwest Llama Rescue and Southeast Llama Rescue’s affiliate shelters for veterinary examinations and medical treatment. The HSUS is pleased that the owner willingly surrendered her animals while they were in moderately good health.

"We were very glad to be in a position to help remove the animals from the property and to transport them to safe and secure housing where they will be provided with medical care, grooming and birthing areas, if necessary,” said Deb Logan, board member of the Southeast Llama Rescue. “The llamas will be available for adoption to approved homes once their rehabilitation is complete.”

When responders arrived at the ranch, they found that the llamas were well-fed, but needed foot maintenance, significant grooming, tooth care and socialization. Many, if not all, of the females were pregnant and in need of specialized birthing facilities. The property owner and llama breeder showed the animals nationally until 2009 when an injury left her unable to care for them properly.

Broadcast-quality photos from the rescue will be available via request to HSUS contact below.

Media Contact: Pepper Ballard: 240-751-0232; pballard@humanesociety.org

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