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30 sheep left to die on a Victorian farm.
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2013, 03:41:07 PM »
 30 sheep left to die

Erin Pearson   

May 30th, 2013
        BARELY ALIVE: Animal Liberation volunteers with one of the sheep rescued from the Connewarre property.         

THIRTY dead sheep have been found at a Connewarre farm in what animal activists say is a shocking case of animal cruelty.

Animal Liberation Victoria volunteers descended on the property late last week in a bid to rescue any remaining sheep, but only two ewes were still alive.

Spokeswoman Felicity Andersen said the two ewes were "barely alive" and unable to walk when rescue crews arrived and were surrounded by 19 dead lambs and 11 dead adult sheep.

The ewes are now being cared for by staff.

Ms Andersen said if it was not for rescuers, who admit they were trespassing, the remaining two ewes would have died within days.

"When we first got the call we thought it was just one dead mother with an unwell lamb, but by the time our rescuers got there the lamb had died and we found numerous other dead females and lambs," she said.
"They were totally emaciated and when you hold them they're just bones. It's going to be a long recovery.

"The grass is long but has no nutritional value in it and the sheep have just been left in there. It's just awful, just relentless, and with the season we've had we're rescuing them almost on a weekly basis.

"Yes we trespass, we don't try to hide that, but we rescue dying, sick, injured animals that have in most cases just been left there to die."

She said about 100 sheep remained on the property and would be monitored.

An RSPCA spokesman said the case had been passed on to the Department of Environment and Primary Industries.

A DEPI spokeswoman confirmed they had received an animal welfare report regarding sheep on a property at Connewarre.

The spokeswoman said staff had visited the property on several occasions over the past week. "At this time there are no immediate animal welfare concerns on the property," she said.

Colac farmer David Webb, who owns the sheep, refused to comment.