A Llama's Life Renewed

By Max Resnik

May 13, 2011 Updated May 13, 2011 at 6:13 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – About three weeks ago, Indiana’s NewsCenter shared the exclusive story of gross animal neglect and death in Huntington County. Today, we met two farmers who rescued 15 of those endangered llamas.

Forty-one total llamas were saved from the hellish conditions of a Huntington County farm that in addition to housing those 41 llamas, also housed close to 40 more dead llamas. It was a farm riddled with burn spots from front yard cremations. It neither provided quality food to its llamas nor did it have clean drinking water. The llamas were forced to stand in mounds of feces and rotting corpses of other llamas.

Today however, thanks to the work of two Huntington County farmers, 15 of the 41 surviving llamas have new homes. Linzy Zahm, one of the llama rescuers who took five of the llamas, says she has witnessed a complete turn-around in the llamas’ behaviors since being given a quality of life they have not seen before.

She says, “It's nice to see their progression and how much weight they're gaining. The ones we have are the adults. They are nice and they're broke to lead. They're doing well."

Another farmer, who wished to remain anonymous, accepted the other 10 llamas.

Huntington County Animal Control Officer Lori VanOver says the llamas are getting the care they need. She says, “They've had all their veterinary care. They're slowly reintroducing them to food, clean water, clean ground. I haven't seen them in a week and everybody's put on a lot of weight over the last week. I'm really amazed by the way they've really picked up. Their backbone isn't quite so predominant and everybody just looks happy and healthy."

Twenty-six llamas are staying at the Southeast Llama Rescue in North Carolina. There, they reported most to be in dire condition. They called this case of neglect some of the worst they had ever seen.

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