A series of recently released reports from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) highlight the deficiencies and animal neglect at the Spirit of the Hills Animal Sanctuary, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. More than a dozen animals were classified as thin to emaciated, lacked proper veterinary care and suffered chronic health conditions, according to the reports. The sanctuary was also found to be in violation of proper food and staffing guidelines.
The animal suffering was discovered by USDA officials on September 28, when they arrived for a routine annual inspection under guidelines of the Animal Welfare Act. An additional follow-up inspection was conducted on September 30th when additional non-compliance issues and animal suffering were discovered. Most of the animals at the sanctuary have been relocated to facilities in Arizona, California, and Florida, which specialize in the care of exotic animals.
A full timeline of USDA inspections and the correlating reports can be found on the Black Hills Pioneer’s website. To read more about the Spirit of the Hills Animal Sanctuary, visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network’s online news archive.