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Dozens of malnourished animals seized from backyard butcher

April 5, 2012 |  3:54 pm

 Dozens of malnourished and abused farm animals were seized in the Santa Clarita Valley from the home of a backyard butcher.

Los Angeles County Animal Control officers rescued two dozen goats and sheep, five cows, 19 fowl, one horse and a cat from unsanitary conditions. They called it one of the worst cases of animal cruelty they've seen.

The homeowner is classified as a backyard butcher, someone who owns farm animals and slaughters them for personal consumption. But case officers said they found evidence the man was selling the meat, which is illegal.

Most of the seized animals were taken to The Gentle Barn, an animal rescue organization that helps rehabilitate and nurse sick animals back to health.

"They pretty much had two feet in the grave," said Gentle Barn Founder Ellie Laks.

She said it will take time and money to nurse the animals back to health.

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-- KTLA News

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