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Mass. Animal Rescue seeking homes for 8 ‘critically endangered’ cows rescued from neglect

Nevins Farm staff hope adopters will come forward to adopt one or more of the animals (Credit MSPCA-Angell)

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The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA-Angell) is looking for housing for several rare residents.

According to a statement from the MSPCA-Angell, the animal welfare organization is looking after “eight heads of very rare ‘Kerry’ cattle, as well as a Holstein cow and 22 Saanen, Lamancha and Alpine-mix goats.” , at his Nevins Farm facility.

All of the animals are currently awaiting adoption after MSPCA-Angell rescued the group from neglect at a farm in Amherst. In March, Tom Grenham, director of law enforcement at MSPCA-Angell, and his team responded to a request from an Amherst animal protection officer to investigate an area farm.

“It was very clear when they arrived that the animals were in very serious trouble, with one cow already dead and the others in need of urgent medical attention,” Grenham said of Amherst’s farm.

MSPCA-Angell said a cow and two goats found at the farm were in such poor health that the organization had to humanely euthanize the animals. The other cows and goats found on the property were seen by MSPCA-Angell veterinarians, who found that all the animals showed signs of malnutrition and had parasites.

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Fortunately, many animals have recovered and are now ready for a fresh start. Among Amherst’s animals set to go are eight cows “critically endangered,” according to the MSPCA-Angell statement.

Nevins Farm staff hope adopters will come forward to adopt one or more of the animals (Credit MSPCA-Angell)

Nevins Farm staff hope adopters will come forward to adopt one or more of the animals (Credit MSPCA-Angell)

MSPCA-Angell

The cows are Kerry cattle, a rare breed thought to be descendants of the Celtic Shorthorn, which were brought to Ireland as early as 2000BC, according to MSPCA-Angell. While “Kerries” were first brought to the United States in 1818, they are now hard to find in the country.

“We are now working closely with the American Kerry Cattle Association to help identify an adopter to ensure these individual animals will be well cared for and to help preserve this majestic breed,” said Centers Manager Mike Keiley. adoption and programs at MSPCA-Angell, shared in the release. “We are delighted that the work we have done to protect and care for these animals can also prevent this breed of cattle from becoming extinct.”

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Anyone interested in adopting one of the Kerry cows – or another animal rescued from the Amherst farm – can learn more about MSPCA’s Nevins Farm website.

MSPCA-Angell added that since rescuing the animals from Amherst’s farm, the organization has filed 35 animal cruelty charges against the animals’ former owner, who is expected to be brought to justice. in Eastern Hampshire District Court on May 12.

Animal cruelty is a criminal felony in Massachusetts, punishable by up to seven years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000.