MADISON COUNTY, Ind. - Authorities made what Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson called another horrifying discovery Thursday at a farm where nearly 100 dead animals and 30 malnourished animals were found Tuesday.
Investigators said they found a pit, described as a concrete bunker, on the property of Carrie and Daniel Ault, in which the decayed carcasses of 50 to 100 more animals were discovered.
"They call it a manure pit. That pit is 20 feet long, 10 feet wide and 10 feet deep, and it was full of carcasses," said Major Brian Bell, with the Madison County Sheriff's Department.
The discovery brings the total number of dead animals at the farm to 150 to 200, officials said.
Police were called to the farm at 3726 W. County Road 1700 North at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday because of reports of a strong odor in the area.
When officers arrived, they found the initial 100 dead animals in barns and elsewhere on the property.
Authorities feared that the 30 living animals -- including horses, ponies, a llama, sheep, ducks, chickens, turkeys and rabbits – were contaminated because they had been living among dead animals.
Buckets of human feces were also found in the barn, police said.
Investigators said the Aults had helped run the Strawtown Auction in Hamilton County and had been buying and selling animals there.
Daniel Ault recently bought a meat processing facility in Grant County, but detectives did not say if he used animals from his farm for meat.
The couple's children were placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.
Anyone who would like to donate food or money, or anyone interested in adopting some of the animals can contact the Animal Protection League at 765-278-9435 or click -- http://www.inapl.org/
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