The Humane Society of the United States was called in by Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association to assist in the rescue of 24 animals, including horses, goats, dogs, cats, birds and a pig from a Kanawha County property. The Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association served a search and seizure warrant on the property and found that the animals were being housed in unsanitary and unsafe conditions. Twenty-four animals have been removed from the property by Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association pending the final disposition of this case.

"We are very thankful for all the hard work and attention given to this situation by the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association,” said Heather Severt, West Virginia state director for the HSUS. “It has been our pleasure to assist with the rescue effort of these animals who will now get the care they’ve needed for some time.”

Local law enforcement became concerned about this facility when 911 operators received a call that the animals were at large. When responders arrived on scene, they found 24 animals living in unsanitary, unsafe and deplorable conditions. The horses were found emaciated with hoof issues and without access to clean water.

“I can’t believe that something like this could happen in Kanawha County, and I am relieved that we were able to come to the aid of these horses and other animals today,” said Chelsea Staley, executive director of Charleston-Kanawha Humane Association.

The HSUS and Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association have safely transported the animals to an HSUS Safe Stalls Partner. Responders from Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association are also assisting with the transportation and temporary caretaking of the animals. Once with the Safe Stalls partner, the animals will be thoroughly examined by a team of veterinarians and receive any necessary immediate medical treatment.

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