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79 farm animals seized in Greene County

Posted January 7, 2010

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— Greene County Animal Control and the Humane Society of the United States are working to find foster homes for more than 70 animals confiscated from unsafe living conditions.

The animals – 31 pigs, three horses, two goats, 33 chickens, six geese and four turkeys – were seized Tuesday after authorities received a complaint Saturday about the living conditions.

They tried to convince the animals' owner, James Ralph Webb, 57, of 1207 Craft Road in Walstanburg, to surrender the animals but were unable to do so.

Webb faces 79 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty but has not been arrested yet because law enforcement officials cannot make contact with him.

Rescuers found the animals living on a dilapidated, trash-strewn property, authorities said. Many had been living in mud up to their armpits and had no access to dry land, water or adequate shelter.

Broken glass and rusty wire also littered the area where the animals were living, officials said. These conditions left the animals susceptible to sickness and serious injury.

Several dead piglets and goats were found on the property when responders arrived, and others were in danger of freezing to death as temperatures dipped into the 20s, officials said.

The animals were taken to an emergency shelter at the Wilson County Fairgrounds, where they were treated and where they will remain until they can be placed in foster care


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  • pss2 Jan 8, 2010

    I I I I I I I I I I I love me some pork chops!!

  • prettylittleangeleyes Jan 7, 2010

    I thought pigs liked living in mud?? They can tear some ground up in a heartbeat and with the rain we've been having i'm not surprised. And baby piglets are going to die sometimes it's just life. Doesn't say how long they'd been out there. City folk should not be in charge of country folks way of living. I saw the animals on t.v. and they all looked fine to me. Maybe instead of stealing his livestock they should have went and got him some hay and feed for the animals to help out. I don't think he should have had garbage all over the place though....sounds to me like maybe he got in way over his head with too many animals and didn't have good help. Pigs can have 14 piglets in a litter. Poor guy, I feel bad for him. Instead of using tax-payer money to fund this fiasco I think they should slaughter all them pigs and chickens and donate the meat to the poor. I know I could use some bacon! All in favor say I!

  • Scrat Jan 7, 2010

    We should all stop eating meat and become Vegans.

  • gotsomesense Jan 7, 2010

    I wonder what animals did before we domesticated them?

  • Real-Old-School Jan 7, 2010

    Pig living up to their armpits in mud - Oh The Horror

  • ghimmy51 Jan 7, 2010

    Armpits? Armpits? By the way ... I'll take one of those turkeys next Thanksgiving.

  • Doctor Dataclerk Jan 7, 2010

    First, this is wrong. But this man when found will recieve harser treatment than the underwear bomber.