Animal cruelty investigation underway after dozens of animals rescued in Barton County


Dozens of animals were taken from a home that the Barton County Sheriff said was unlivable and transported to the Golden Belt Humane Society on Thursday. 

Barton County officials arrested Cletus Wolford for suspicion of animal cruelty, maintaining a public nuisance and obstruction of officers. 

Sheriff Brian Bellendir told KSN he has a search warrant for the other residents.

On the property, he said they found 30 cats, 12 dogs, two chickens, one horse and a donkey. 

A decaying horse carcass was also found in the barn, according to the Sheriff’s press release. 

“It’s a large number especially inside of a house,” Bellendir said.

All 40 animals were transported to the Golden Belt Humane Society to be examined by a veterinarian. 

“I don’t know if any of them are going to have to be euthanized at this point, there may be some,” he said. “The ones who are healthy enough to be adopted will be put up for adoption.” 

Sheriff Bellendir said he will be forwarding the reports to the county attorney to decide whether they file charges or not. 

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