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Goats, sheep, pigs rescued from deplorable conditions get second chance at The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch

The Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch -- operated by The Fund for Animals, an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States – is providing permanent sanctuary to 18 goats, three sheep and three pigs who were among more than 350 animals rescued from deplorable conditions on a Georgia property in April.

The HSUS and several Georgia-based organizations were called in by the Habersham County Department of Animal Care and Control to assist in the rescue and transport of the animals. On June 1, they arrived at Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Texas, following a temporary respite at Save the Horses in Georgia. After a two-week quarantine to monitor their health, they were released to their new life at the 1,400-acre ranch where they will live with more than 900 other rescued animals who reside there.

According to Noelle Almrud, director at Black Beauty Ranch, "No animal should have to live in the horrific, unsafe and unsanitary conditions these animals had to endure. We did not know what to expect when they arrived, but the moment they stepped off the trailer into their new pasture and a healthy environment, we saw the happiness radiating from every one of them. Seeing 18 goats excitedly jumping and frolicking in the green grasses of what may be the first pasture they have ever stepped on, was breathtaking.”

The goats are in a temporary pasture until their new multi-acre pasture is constructed. Previously, they lived in a pasture far too small for their needs and required access to an appropriate diet. They are gaining weight at a normal rate and the 10 babies among them are growing healthily with their protective mothers always close by.

The Fund for Animals is currently seeking funding for the new arrivals to help ensure they are taken care of for the rest of their lives. For more information on how to help, click here

The world-renowned Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch animal sanctuary in Murchison, Texas, is a permanent haven to almost 900 domestic and exotic animals rescued from research laboratories, circuses, zoos, captive hunting operations, factory farming, and government round-ups. Founded in 1979, Black Beauty Ranch is also home to the innovative Doris Day Horse Equine Center, which focuses on developing programs to elevate public perception of horses rescued from cruelty and neglect, as well as serving as a resource for other equine rescue centers around the country.   

Photos and b-roll video footage is available here.  

Media Contact:  Rodi Rosensweig, 203-270-8929, TheRodiCompany@gmail.com    

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