The Hudson Valley SPCA Law Enforcement Division lead a rescue operation Saturday to save nearly 200 farm animals from deplorable conditions and the fate of a backyard slaughterhouse on a Route 416 farm in Hamptonburgh . Cornell University Cooperative Extension in Middletown, Farm Sanctuary from Watkins Glens and three other rescue sanctuaries combined efforts to remove the animals and relocate them to caring facilities. Skylands Sanctuary in Wantage New Jersey along with Woodstock and Catskills sanctuaries helped rescue the animals.
Coordinated by SPCA Law Enforcement Division Chief Gene Hecht, on information from the Town of Montgomery Police and Animal Control Officer, the team entered the property with a search and seizure warrant issued by the Montgomery town judge.
How the butchered meat was distributed; how much of the diseased meat entered the food chain, and where, is still under investigation and criminal charges are pending. We’ll have more on this story as it develops.