FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - The Human Society of North Texas rescued 173 animals from a property near Sanger in Denton County.
Investigators said the conditions the animals were living in were "horrific."A tip about thin animals lead the Sheriff's Department to the property on Tuesday.
By Wednesday morning the Humane Society of North Texas was in place and rescuing the animals.
While some of the animals have been housed at the Humane Society's Fort Worth location - others are at another location.
"To see this many animals in such a small area and surrounded by feces - forced to live in small enclosures with dead animals - it was pretty sad," Humane Society of North Texas investigator Shelly Meeks said. "It was very disturbing."
The rescue included guinea pigs, cats, chickens, rabbits, goats, donkeys, doves, ducks, geese, and emu.
Meeks said she noticed an unlikely friendship pretty quick. One between a hurt donkey and the emu.
"We've come up and found them nuzzled up together - sleeping together," says Meeks "They have bonded."
She pointed out on Sunday night how the emu is trying to protect the donkey which has a hurt and infected leg, "He's defending him. See how he's puffing up."
Along with the donkey and emu, rabbits and bunnies are also being housed at the Fort Worth location.
Investigators believe the owner was breeding the animals. The Humane Society of North Texas is now trying to get custody. A hearing is set for Monday, November 19. No arrests have been made at this time.
In the meantime, The Human Society of North Texas hopes to get the donkey and emu adopted together. Until the animals can be adopted the non-profit needs help with hay or money to buy animal feed.
To see how you can help go The Human Society of North Texas' website: www.hsnt.org.
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