Animal rescue works to save 400-plus animals in central Pa.
Several of the animals rescued this weekend from a Cumberland County property have died, but volunteers and veterinarians are working overtime to care for the hundreds of other neglected birds, rabbits, goats and more.
A total of 404 animals were removed from a property near Shippensburg, according to Speranza Animal Rescue, where volunteers are now hard at work caring for the animals investigators say were neglected with inadequate food, water, shelter and medical attention.
Volunteers at the Monroe Township facility resumed working with the rescues early this morning but reported in their latest update on Facebook that a few of animals have died.
According to Speranza’s Facebook page, they have lost one of the rescued rabbits, one pheasant and one duck. Four chickens died Saturday after arriving in small cages. Most likely died from dehydration.
“We are so sad that we couldn’t save them. But at least they experienced love even for a short while,” volunteers posted early Sunday.
Investigators say the animals were rescued from the Southampton Township property of Barry Lee Orndorff, 64, who was arraigned late Friday and released after posting $5,000 bail. He is facing more than 2,000 counts that include animal cruelty and neglect.
Speranza founder Janine Guido said her rescue was called by state police Friday and asked to start removing some of the animals from Orndorff’s property to get them into a situation where there could receive food, water and better care as soon as possible.
At Orndorff’s property, many of the birds were kept in cramped cages with no food or water, presumably awaiting shipment to buyers, Guido said. About half the animals are diseased or malnourished, in her estimation.
Guido said in a Facebook post that it was a sad, emotional scene, but she is inspired by the community and the rescue’s volunteers coming together to help these animals.
The rescued animals include goats, sheep, ducklings, chickens, rabbits and an emaciated and suffering horse named Mr. Ed.
This is a massive undertaking, and the non-profit animal rescue is seeking donations to help them care for the influx of animals. Anyone who wishes to help can make a donation on the rescue’s Facebook page, where they have already raised more than $60,000.
Donations can also through PayPal and by sending them to the rescue at 1216 Brandt Road, Mechanicsburg, PA, 17055.
You can find more ways to help on the Speranza Animal Rescue website.