The Fresno Bee/Tracy Crutchfield, Fresno Humane Animal Services shelter manager, holds one of three pigs found
Nearly 1,000 small animals were found suffering on Friday in the back of a box truck in Fresno County after animal control officials followed up on a complaint about an extremely foul odor coming from someone’s home.
An officer stumbled upon the horrifying discovery after finding a dead goat on the property in question.
As per a report by ABC 30 Action News, the man who resides at the property claimed he was only renting the house and had no knowledge about the truck which did not belong to him. As of now, no charges have been filed, but the humane society confirmed that it is still an active and ongoing investigation.
Due to the ages and breeds of the animals, it is suspected that they were destined to be sold to people at an event similar to a flea market, Brenda Mitchell, the Board President of Fresno Humane Animal Services with animal services said in the report.
Sadly, 18 of the innocent beings had died as a result of being left inside of the box truck which registered at 107 degrees.
The 955 animals that survived being callously confined in the sweat box with no air running or water included birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, three piglets and more. They are currently being cared for by the Fresno Humane Animal Services and volunteers.
They need the public’s help!
“We spent the whole night and most of (Saturday) just situating them and making sure they had food, water, and adequate housing,” Mitchell who called the situation heartbreaking told yourcentralvalley.com. “Unfortunately, when there’s demand for this type of thing, there’s always going to be this type of thing happening.”
According to Mitchell, this is not uncommon in this area.
The Fresno Bee/Brenda Mitchell, president of Fresno Humane Animal Services
Mitchell also used the opportunity to urge people to call law enforcement or animal control if they ever suspect that an animal is being sold inappropriately or illegally.
The Fresno County Sheriff’s office confirmed that in these cases, the person or persons involved could be charged with animal cruelty which is a felony. The unlawful sale of animals in such cases is deemed an infraction or misdemeanor.
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