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Official: 139 animals seized from Ohio "farmyard of horrors"

FAYETTEVILLE, Ohio - Officials say they’ve seized more than 130 animals from a home in a southwest Ohio village in a case they’re calling a “farmyard of horrors.”

Barb Ashmore, who is the deputy dog warden for the Brown County Animal Shelter, told WXIX-TV on Monday that 139 animals were removed from the backyard of a Fayetteville home, including dogs, goats, chickens, sheep and rabbits.

Ashmore says some animals were found dead and that others were barely alive due to the filthy conditions and lack of space to move around.

The animals were seized following an odor complaint.

Ashmore says the homeowner, who isn’t currently facing charges, told officials he was going to try to feed his family on the animals.

An investigation is ongoing.

In a Facebook post, the Brown County Humane society said most of the animals seized were chickens. 

Just a little update on our neglected farm animals that the Brown County Humane Society is working on. Deputy Barb Brittany Cox , Kate and myself, with the support and back up from the Brown County Humane Society, caught 118 starved, sick and injured chickens today. The look of relief on their little faces when we took them out of the trucks and put them down on the grass at their new home was priceless. Tomorrow we get the sheep goats and dogs. Oh, and 10 chickens that outsmarted us today...We will get those little brats tomorrow! Wish us luck. Your donations, volunteerism and support keeps BCHS doing what it was meant to do. Saving animals of all kinds.

Posted by Renee Prenatt-Bates on Thursday, October 13, 2016
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