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FIRST ON 13: Thirty-two neglected animals rescued from Columbia County farm

FIRST ON 13: Thirty-two neglected animals rescued from Columbia County farm

Jerry Gretzinger & WNYT Staff
Updated: January 10, 2020 06:48 PM
Created: January 10, 2020 06:28 PM

Thirty-two animals found neglected on a Columbia County farm are now getting the help they need as State Police investigate.

NewsChannel 13 can't name the farm or the owner at this time because possible charges are still pending, but we have seen the animals.

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Two cows, four sheep, and one goat were sent to two farms. Four cats to another.

Twenty horses and one donkey are now at the Godspeed Horse Hostel in Dutchess County.

NewsChannel 13 took a ride Thursday to see them for ourselves.

Neglected animals have a long road to recovery

It's been one week since New York State Police seized these animals so they can get the care they need, but those doing the work say it's going to be a long road to recovery. They were emaciated. Some are having trouble walking, dealing with leg and hoof issues. There are also two babies, not able to nurse because their mothers could not produce milk.

Woman on a mission to help rehab the neglected animals

The driving force behind the animals' care is a woman named Maria Genovesi. Just as NewsChannel 13 was leaving the rescue facility, we found out what she sacrificed in order to help these animals.  Genovesi says it can be heartbreaking, but she tries to keep her emotions in check.

How you can help the neglected animals found on a Columbia County farm

People are needed who can clean stalls and pastures, groom the horses, and clean manure out of their matted hair. Foster homes are also needed. Of course, donations of any size can help cover the cost of care.

MORE INFORMATION: Godspeed Horse Hostel and Humane Society


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