METCALF, IL. (ECWd) -
On January 11, 2014, the Edgar County Sheriff's Office was called to report possible animal abuse in Metcalf, Illinois. The report was made by the property owner.
The owner had entered into an owner financed sale of the house to "The former residents", who had apparently decided to move out without notifying anyone, and leaving their excess animals without food, water, or heat.
Neighbors had noticed water coming out of the house and called the owner. On further investigation, they found dead animals and a basement with almost 5 feet of water in it. This was a result of them moving without having the water shut off, causing the pipes to burst.
Abused-dead animals in Metcalf
-The 2 birds were in aquariums, nothing to perch on, no bird cage.
-The 5-6 ft snake is approximate in size. The 6 inches of tail was under the bowl and all meat and skin already gone leaving only the bone structure of vertebrae and tail. It must have been at least 10 inches in circumference in the center of the body.
-One rabbit was outside the large tub laying on its belly.
-The other rabbit was still in the tub between the side of tub and what looked like a litter box.
-A large lizard type reptile was in an aquarium barely big enough to house him and with no room to move around.
-The small lizard or snake was so far into decomposing that it was unsure what it actually was.
The Edgar County Animal Control officer was dispatched to the scene to assist in the clean-up of the dead animals.
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It is unclear what, if anything, the State's Attorney will do about this alleged animal abuse.