Dozens of animals -- including donkeys, cows, chickens, rabbits, dogs and cats -- are now on the way to a better life after a judge gave custody of the abused creatures to the Humane Society of North Texas.
More than 170 animals were seized from a farm in the Denton County town of Sanger on Nov. 11.
Authorities decided that owner Charles Vahlenkamp should face a civil punishment instead of criminal charges.
"He was definitely trying," said lead investigator Shelly Meeks. "I think he got overwhelmed and had some family issues going on, and that took precedence over the critters, and he just didn't ask for help when he needed to."
Vahlenkamp did no contest the judge's decision, and agreed to pay $14,000 to the Humane Society of North Texas to feed and house the animals until they are adopted.
Many homes have already been found for may of the creatures.
Karen Roseborough, equestrian director at the Camp Carter YMCA in Fort Worth says she adopted an unlikely pair of animal friends: an emu and a miniature donkey.
"They can't stand to be apart," said Roseborough.
However, there are still a few dozen rabbits, some donkeys, a dog and a guinea pig looking for new homes.
For more information on adopting these animals, visit www.hsnt.org or call 817-332-4768.
KDFW FOX 4
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