RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) – More than 110 animals have been removed from farms in Hubbardton and Brandon following an animal cruelty investigation.

The animals – ranging from dogs and cats to horses, goats and sheep – are being evaluated by veterinarians.

The owners’ names have not been released but Rutland County Sheriff Stephen Benard says he expects them to face charges.

The investigation started after a dead goat was found on one of the farms.

Benard estimates that as many as 40 percent of the animals removed Friday show signs of neglect and malnutrition.

He says the number of animals and the care they need has taken a toll on the Human Society and Horse Rescue, which could use the public’s help from food and hay to financial donations.

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