DELAWARE TWP., Pa. (WKBN) – Mercer County Humane Society agents seized several animals from a farm in Delaware Township Tuesday afternoon.
The approximately three-acre farm is located off of District Road, near State Route 58.
Humane agents say eight animals — three piglets, one pig, three calves and a rabbit — were found dead on the property, and others were living in deplorable conditions. Animals removed include four pigs, two horses and two dogs. Several cats, ducks, chickens and other farm animals are expected to be removed on Wednesday.
“This is not normal for the pigs to be lying around dead. It’s not normal for calves to be in feed sacks dead. It’s just the lack of compassion,” said Humane Society volunteer Shana Ditosto, who was out at the farm on Tuesday.
Officials told WKBN that they plan to cite the animals’ owners with animal cruelty, which is a misdemeanor and could result in a fine. The animals are owned by two men who are leasing the property but who live in Greenville.
Mercer County Humane Officer Renee Dorogy said there have been efforts in Pennsylvania to toughen the animal cruelty laws, but she said those efforts have made little progress. She called the punishment for the offense similar to that for a traffic violation.
Dorogy said the animals were in “imminent danger.” She said a neighbor alerted the Humane Society to the condition of the property, leading to their investigation.
In addition to no bedding, Dorogy said the animals had no feed when they arrived.
“The physical conditions of the animals, due to the neighbors helping, are not in the extreme,” she said. “Their living conditions, however, are, and the amount of deceased animals is quite large for not being a large amount of animals on the property.”
The animals will be assessed by a veterinarian. A Mercer County farmer has volunteered to take the animals while the Humane Society weighs its options.