DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – It was a gruesome shock for a volunteer who found eight chickens and five goats dead at an urban farm operated by students at a Detroit alternative high school.

WXYZ-TV and the Detroit Free Press reported Friday that the animals were killed at the Catherine Ferguson Academy for pregnant and parenting teenagers. Michigan Humane Society investigator Mark Ramos told the Free Press that a cat also was killed, while another cat and a chicken were injured.

School principal Asenath Andrews said some of the animals were bludgeoned while others had their necks cut.

Andrews said the animals “were fine” at the end of the school day Thursday and that it looked as if “some crazy person had gone crazy on the animals” sometime overnight.

There was no school for the young women on Friday and school officials said counselors would be made available to them on Monday.

Students at the charter school work the farm and sell their produce to area farmer’s markets.

“I’m worried about the girls,” said Andrews. “The animals belong to the girls. The girls belong to me. I’m worried about them, not the animals. I’m worried about their safety.”

The Michigan Humane Society is investigating the animals’ deaths.

Anyone with information is urged to call Detroit Police Central District at 313-596-1300.

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