20 Farm Animals Abandoned in Freezing Temperatures Are Saved By Just the Right People

For the first time in their lives, 20 farm animals who were left to suffer out in the cold are now safe at a sanctuary getting the love and care they deserve.

They were found at the site of a neglect case on a property located a few hours away from Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York. After being notified of their plight, a team of rescuers from Farm Sanctuary and Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue jumped into action.

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The team spent hours gathering 17 sheep, including six little lambs, two goats and a bull calf, who had been living without food, water or shelter from the rain, wind and freezing temperatures. According to Farm Sanctuary, when the team arrived, the animals “were hoof-deep in snow, shivering, with nowhere to go.”

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It’s a miracle many of them have survived as long as they did in the conditions they were left in. They appeared undernourished and are believed to have resorted to eating tree bark to stave off hunger. Their bodies show the toll the lack of care has taken on them.

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The goats and the bull were so hungry they ran to rescuers. The sheep, however, needed a little more coaxing.

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Fortunately, the rescue effort was a success, and all of them will now be safe and sheltered for the rest of their lives. Although some are still wary of their new surroundings, they’re now experiencing an entirely different kind of life with all the food, care and warmth they need.

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According to an update, once their health is fully restored, five of the sheep will be going to Skylands Animal Sanctuary along with the bull calf and two goats, while 12 of the remaining sheep will be going to members of Farm Sanctuary’s Farm Animal Adoption Network.

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It’s also suspected that a few of the sheep are expecting baby lambs, which means there may soon be even more little ones to care for.

An update from Farm Sanctuary and Skylands Animal Sanctuary And Rescue on last Friday’s joint rescue effort in Western New York. Read more at bit.ly/WinterRescue2016

Posted by Farm Sanctuary on Tuesday, December 13, 2016

For updates and more info on how to help, check out Farm Sanctuary and Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue.

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Marie W
Marie W2 years ago

Thanks for the rescue.

Melania P
Melania P2 years ago

Awww I like this organization, they have good reputation

jessica r
jessica r2 years ago

Great story. Thanks.

Marcia Geiger
Marcia Geiger2 years ago

I am so glad that they were saved! There are SO many people who just don't care..they are the ones on the slide down to dirt!

Jennifer H
Jennifer H2 years ago

Who could abandon animals to let them freeze? I can't imagine the lack of empathy. Thanks for the rescue.

Philip W
Philip Watling2 years ago

Some people are just the right people :)

Kristi M
Kristi M2 years ago

TYVM for this article showing that there are people that still care about animals!

Marija Mohoric
Marija M2 years ago

thank you all those brave people!

Cathy B
Cathy B2 years ago

Thank you to all involved!

Barbara Wilhite
Barbara Wilhite2 years ago

20 Farm Animals Abandoned in Freezing Temperatures Are Saved By Just the Right People.
Heartfelt thank you to everyone that was part of the rescue. No animal deservers to be left in such a situation. Shame on the person/persons responsible.