New Year's Eve Rescue

New Year's Eve Rescue 

A not so happy new year. Lake County Animal Control called HAHS in need of urgent help on New Year's Eve, 2014. Animal control had stumbled upon a serious situation after chasing down two loose goats. On the property were a variety of animals - including geese, chickens, cows, llamas, donkeys, pigs, sheep, goats, rabbits, elk, deer, and quail. Although some of the animals had access to food and shelter, many were in serious need of help.

Sheep on the property had hooves so overgrown that it was painful for them to walk and stand.

HAHS uncovered a dead ram, as well as a pile of dead piglets, at least 10 deep. The 3 surviving piglets were freezing cold and living in a horse trailer without any bedding or water. Three sheep on the property had hooves so overgrown that they could barely walk due to the pain - one sheep spent most of the time on her front knees. Two baby Boer goats were in a small pen in the open winter air with only an open dog crate for shelter. Conservation police were called in to investigate the elk and deer, while Animal Control requested HAHS's assistance to decide which animals needed immediate help in the night.

Pictured above, the two goats cram themselves into a small dog crate to try to stay warm. Pictured below, many piglets had already died from starvation and cold.

After many hours, HAHS was finally able to load up the three sheep, three baby farm pigs, and the two baby Boer goats for emergency care. Once back at HAHS, the sheep had their hooves trimmed and were starting to walk normally within a few days. The baby Boer goats were skittish, but finally could stop shivering as they were now in a warm place out of the wind.

Goats Edelweiss and Bailey were skittish at first

Unfortunately, help came too late for one of the little piglets and he died in the night. The female piglet had to have surgery to correct a prolapsed rectum and fought off hypothermia by having HAHS staff set up a place for her to stay in the HAHS educational center over the winter. The remaining male piglet was also moved inside the HAHS education center, so he could have a better chance fighting off his case of pneumonia. Both piglets were so thin that you could see their entire spine, as well as their ribs. With steady meals, they soon were making a slow recovery. As for the other animals, many of them were sold off before Animal Control could come back. Lake County Animal Control, HAHS, and the Department of Agriculture continue to keep tabs on the property to ensure that the remaining animals have access to food, water, shelter and are being given proper care.

Before and After: Elsa 

Now fully recovered, the two Boer goats, Baily and Edelweiss, still remain somewhat skittish but are much more playful and interested in people. The three sheep were named Dolly, Lacey, and Fanny, and all three surprised us in the early spring with healthy lambs! The playful little lambs were named Nacho, Popcorn, Luna, Cherie, and Louisette. The two remaining pigs had the toughest recovery out of all the animals rescued that night, but Elsa and Olaf proved that they were fighters and pulled through with an amazing recovery! Although they are a bit stunted and Olaf retains a cough, both pigs are growing fast and are full or energy!

Olaf loves playing in the mud!

Lacey with her two lambs, Naco and Popcorn, just a day after giving birth

Above: Newborn lamb, Luna. Below: They grow up so fast!