Today, the Humane Society of the United States assisted the Prince George’s County Animal Services Division in seizing more than 125 animals from an alleged large-scale cruelty situation in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The species found on the property include geese, chickens, peafowl, pigs, cattle, goats and rabbits.

Prince George’s County officials served a search and seizure warrant on the property at approximately 10 a.m. During the execution of the warrant, more than 125 animals were seized. The animals appeared to suffer from neglect and were living in filthy conditions.

Two veterinarians assessed the animals to document their current condition and identify any animals in need of immediate medical treatment and ensure they receive it. Many of the animals were classified as too thin. The animals will be cared for in place during the legal process. Provision are being made for their care, including upgrades in bedding and housing, as well as providing feed.

“As our team worked through the sleet and rain today, it was heartbreaking to see these animals exposed to the elements and appearing to suffer from neglect,” said Emily Hovermale, Maryland state director for the Humane Society of the United States. “We are thankful to Prince George’s County Animal Services Division for helping these animals and for requesting our assistance.”

“We are grateful for the support from the Humane Society of the United States in assisting us in protecting the welfare of these animals under such extreme conditions,” said Rodney Taylor, associate director of Prince George’s County Animal Services Division. “We are committed to helping save the lives of all animals in need and encourage anyone that sees an animal in distress to contact our office to investigate.”

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