HOWELL (AP) – Horses, sheep, dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens and a goat were being examined by veterinarians following their rescue from a Livingston County barn and house.

WXYZ-TV reports Saturday that 64 animals were removed from the property in Howell, about 45 miles northwest of Detroit.

Officials said living conditions were unsanitary and the animals lacked proper socialization and medical care. Authorities were alerted after complaints by neighbors.

Some horse stalls in the dilapidated barn were filled with feces. The cats were being held in a room with high levels of ammonia.

The animals were taken to temporary shelters. It was not clear if the property owner would face criminal charges.

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