It's a MOO-racle! Eight dairy cows that were allegedly kept in substandard conditions at a dairy farm in Tinicum, just outside Philadelphia, have been rescued by the local animal welfare society.
The Bucks County SPCA announced on Wednesday they removed eight emaciated cows, all of which were being evaluated by veterinarians, and that animal cruelty charges are pending against owners Scott and Edith Frye.
“We worked hard to get the owners of these cows and calves to correct the situation,"said Bucks County SPCA Chief Humane Society Police Officer Nikki Thompson in a statement. "But despite orders to provide dry bedding and adequate food and water daily, the animals’ conditions continued to decline.”
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According to the Bucks SPCA, the three adult females, two bull calves and three female calves were all living in what they described as "filthy wet stalls with only limited access to a depleted pasture and no supplemental hay within reach."
Sick dairy cows
Farm animals are often neglected but not as much a visible victim of animal cruelty as beloved pets like cats and dog.
“The Bucks County SPCA strongly objects to inhumane treatment of any animals, including farm animals," Linda Reider, executive director of the BCSPCA, in a statement. "For more than 100 years we’ve been rescuing animals like these and providing them with the proper care and attention they deserve. ... Now the work of recovery and medical care can begin.”
The Bucks SPCA is asking for the public's help through donations to help pay for food, veterinary services and other expenses.
To donate, visit www.bcspca.org/donate-online or send a check, designated “Tinicum Cow Rescue,” to BCSPCA, PO Box 277, Lahaska, PA 18931.