The Weld County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths of nine animals found on a farm in Northern Colorado three weeks after accusations of abuse and neglect.
Local and state officials responded to a property in the 5400 block of F Street in unincorporated Weld County on Saturday morning where nine dead animals were found.
The pot-bellied pigs were found emaciated "to the point of being able to see each vertebra," Amy Smith, a co-founder of Rescued Friends Animal Sanctuary, tells the Greeley Tribune.
The livestock carcasses were removed with assistance from Weld Animal Control and will undergo testing for the presence of infectious diseases.
A joint statement released by the Weld County Sheriff's Office and the Colorado Department of Agriculture states, "state veterinarians removed nine deceased animals and collected multiple excrement samples from live members of the herd."
A report from Colorado Politics says the owner has at least 24 animals including goats, pigs, ducks, dogs, chicken, and sheep.
In addition to removing the carcasses, officials also helped the owner clean and remove trash from the livestock enclosure.
According to the release, Animal Control officers and patrol deputies have been responding to calls and making routine checks at that property ever since the first allegations of animal abuse were reported about three weeks ago.
The case remains active and open, with additional updates pending the results of diagnostic testing by Colorado State University.