MARENGO, Iowa (KWWL) — The Iowa Farm Sanctuary traveled to Nebraska to a flooded pig farm to try and rescue animals in need this week.
As floodwaters continue to wreak havoc across the midwest, farm animals in Nebraska have been killed because of it. The sanctuary hoped to save more animals from dying in its aftermath.
Iowa Farm Sanctuary Co-Founders Jared and Shawn Camp said they were notified about a farm where animals were in need in of help just north of Omaha.
At their sanctuary, they take in unwanted, neglected or abused farm animals.
Videos from the Camps and other volunteers captured the muddied devastation and the loss of life that was the aftermath left on the farm.
“[There were] bodies everywhere. Dead amongst the living. Sewage everywhere. Buildings that were falling down,” Shawn Camp said.
Pictures, too graphic to show on-air, showed animal remains from hungry hogs feeding on the dead. One pig was decapitated. Others laid lifeless among deep mud.
“This poor baby got stuck,” says a woman in one of the videos. The video showed a deceased pig stuck between metal railings as if it had tried to swim for its freedom, Shawn said.
Both of the Camps say the farmer was against them helping but they all worked together with a county sheriff deputy from Douglas County.
“We were there to triage and help him move animals off his property and get them vetted and fed and watered and he didn’t want the help,” Shawn Camp said.
In the end, they were only allowed to save one of the injured animals, a pig that was given the name “Love.” Working with the deputy, they say the farmer agreed to surrender her.
“She had a mass on her back, she was limping. She was extremely exhausted and dehydrated,” Jared Camp said.
He said they wished they were able to take all off the injured pigs but even just one was still a victory for them.
“Taking one pig outside of that environment is really not a drop in the bucket but for that one pig that’s the biggest thing that could have happened for her,” he said. “That’s the best thing that could have happened for her. She’s going to have such a completely different life because of it.”
Love is currently being treated at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital and is recovering. Once better, she will go to another farm sanctuary in Colorado to live.
The sanctuary says they know other farms are likely hurting and may be having a hard time caring for the animals while also trying to recover from the flood. They say anyone in need or want of help can contact them.
Iowa Farm Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization.