Fresno, California – More than 60 animals were rescued from horrible conditions at a non-profit rescue group’s shelter in the foothills above Squaw Valley. The “Saint Francis All Creature Rescue and Sanctuary” is a non-profit and run by owner, Crystal Kisicki.
Members of the SPCA for Monterey County were called out to the location of the makeshift animal shelter. 61 animals including dogs, cats, birds, and a pot belly pig were rescued. Officers said the animals were discovered in various stages of emaciation.
The animals were kept outside in cages without any food or water. The only warmth they had were tarps and blankets over the cages. The animals were covered in their own urine and feces.
Beth Caffrey with the Central California SPCA stated, “Several of (the animals) were chained up. Most had no food or water provided for them. And all of them were so emaciated that they could have passed away very soon.”
The SPCA is investigating and building a case against “Saint Francis All Creature Rescue and sanctuary.” The animals are recovering in the care of the SPCA.
Early this week Monterey County animal officers stopped Kisicki from selling 17 animals outside a local Petsmart.
Some of the dogs that came from the rescue had worms and scabies. Previous dogs who had been adopted from the organization had been reported to have transmitted scabies to their new owners. Anyone who has recently adopted a dog is urged to get their dog checked by a vet.
“The SPCA wants people to know even if a group is calling themselves a rescue group, always trust your instincts if it doesn’t look right it probably isn’t,” said Beth Brookhouser with the SPCA for Monterey County.