80-plus Animals Rescued, Cruelty Charges Pending In Payette County

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Charges are pending against three Idahoans in the wake of a large animal rescue in New Plymouth.

"I fully expect to lodge cruelty to animal charges against three separate owners before this week is out," Captain Toby Hauntz of the Payette County Sheriff Department told Citydesk.

Approximately 80 animals are barely alive in the wake of the raid at a New Plymouth farm. Payette County Sheriff’s deputies joined the Idaho Humane Society Tuesday to discover “deplorable” conditions at a livestock ranch.

“The thin body conditions of the animals were compounded by the fact that the animals were also dehydrated from lack of access to drinking water,” said Hannah Parpart, spokesperson for the humane society.

A field inspector and veterinarian were on scene throughout the day, assessing more than 30 horses, 20 goats, 18 sheep, 10 pigs, eight llamas and one dog.

The humane society asked for public donations at idahohumanesociety.org to help purchase food and vaccinations for the rescued animals.