The Louth Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are appealing for funds after removing over 100 animals from a local petting farm.
On June 1, the LSCPA oversaw the removal of Shetland ponies, donkeys, a turkey, ducks, peacocks, quail, zebra finches, budgies, java sparrows, wrens, lovebirds, diamond doves and other assorted doves and poultry.
While many of the animals have now been found a safe home, some need further care, “suffering from malnutrition, dehydration and heavy parasite burdens.”
“The water provided to these animals was unsuitable for drinking, for example, the water in the Budgie enclosure had a dead and decomposing chick laying in it,” said Louth SPCA.
“Some animals are showing signs of neurological conditions which will require extensive vet care to diagnose and treat, where possible. Dead mice lay in the animal enclosures where poison had been placed, introducing parasites and the risk of secondary poisoning to the other animals.”
Shocking images posted on the GoFundMe for the campaign show dead poisoned mice in the cages where the animals were kept with one snowy owl “exhibiting neurological symptoms that suggest she may have received major head trauma or consumed a poisoned mouse.”
Drinking water for the budgies contained the body of a dead chick while others were deprived of water over a hot weekend.
You can donate to the appeal here.