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Officials investigate farm animals' living conditions

Local - 2/7/2013 4:45 PM by Karen Franklin
JUMPING BRANCH - Officials with animal control were investigating living conditions of farm animals behind a Summers County house Thursday.

Summers County Animal Control said cows, sheep and chicken are surrounded by trash and kept in places too small for them. It also said the homeowner has until Friday to remove a dead dog and dead alpaca from behind the house.

"If it's raining, they're in mud. If it's freezing rain or snow, they're standing there in the snow," said a woman who did not want to be identified. "There's no housing. They're cold. You can see they're shivering. They're kept up like hogs -- like you would keep hogs you're going to slaughter."

Animal control said it will be at the house tomorrow and is hoping to have the pets removed. The county health department was at the house Thursday due to clutter throughout the yard.

The woman, who lives in the area, said that after seeing the animals in these conditions for almost two months, she wants justice.

"I'd like to see them get out of there and get to be where they're took care of and not standing out in the rain and snow and cold temperatures," she said.

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