BENTON -- An investigation continues today in the weekend rescue of numerous animals from a Scott County property.
Working in cooperation with the Scott County Sheriff's Department and the Sikeston Bootheel Humane Society, the Humane Society of Missouri rescued approximately 40 animals from a two-acre property near Benton Friday evening.
Once on the property, investigators discovered the bodies of four deceased animals -- a llama, a fallow deer, a calf and one angora sheep. Inside the same enclosed area as the deceased animals were a menagerie of exotic and farm animals including a bull calf, fallow deer, pot bellied pigs, emus, goats, horned sheep, hinnies (offspring of female donkey and male horse), ducks and ducklings.
The Humane Society took the animals to Longmeadow Rescue Ranch, a division of the Humane Society of Missouri in Union, for further information and treatment.
Due to the ongoing investigation, Scott County officials are not releasing any names involved in the incident.