75 animals found emaciated in Spokane County

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Spokane County animal protection officers have seized more than 75 starving animals in a rural property near Elk.

The search on Friday also found a number of dead animals. Some had decayed to bones.

Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service director Nancy Hill says the animals found alive included horses, llamas, cows, sheep, goats and dogs. The scene included penned animals lacking proper food.

Hill says a veterinarian examined the condition of each animal and rated all of them either thin or emaciated, the bottom ratings in veterinary medicine.

Large animals were being taken to an emergency shelter at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center in Spokane.

The Spokesman-Review reports that (http://bit.ly/wpR9ba ) officers will continue to investigate potential charges of first-degree animal cruelty.