WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) -- Some local pigs are recovering after being rescued from a western New York farm.
Farm Sanctuary, along with the Cattaraugus County SPCA, rescued 24 pigs on Tuesday.
The animal protection agency says the pigs were found extremely malnourished and in life-threatening conditions.
They say the pigs were eating food and drinking water covered in manure.
Most of the pigs are babies and are being treated for a variety of illnesses including pneumonia and sarcoptic mange.
"Part of the problem is, animals that are used in the food industry don't have as many laws to protect them as dogs and cats," said Farm Sanctuary National Shelter Director, Susie Coston. "Clearly, if this was a case where there were dogs, everyone would be in an uproar. These are really super intelligent, super sensitive animals that do not deserve to be treated like this. These barns were pitch dark. There was no airflow, no light, no nothing. So they were living in the dark all the time."
This is not the first time pigs have been taken away from the farm owner.
In 2002, Farm Sanctuary rescued 125 neglected pigs from the owner.
Coston hopes the individual will be charged criminally and will no longer be allowed to have animals.