100 dead, 30 malnourished animals found at Madison County farm

Hazmat crews called in

MADISON COUNTY, Ind. - Madison County authorities continued their investigation Wednesday after nearly 100 dead and 30 malnourished animals were found on a farm Tuesday night.

Police and hazardous material crews were on the scene at 3726 W. County Road 1700 N. at about 9:30 p.m. removing dead animals and making arrangements for the care of the living animals.

Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson said police got a call reporting an odor coming from the property.

Officers responded to the farm where they immediately smelled the odor and saw dead animals, Richardson said.

The property owner was listed as Daniel Ault, Julie Pursley reported.

Animal control was called to the scene, and the state veterinarian's office was called for assistance.
Richardson said the surviving animals are in "bad, bad condition" and some of them will have to be euthanized.

Maleah Stringer, president of the Animal Protection League in Madison County, said police briefed her on the situation.

Stringer said her organization has been asked to assist with the animals that are still living, and she plans to visit the scene Wednesday.

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