The Otoe County Sheriff's Office and Nebraska Humane Society conducted a rescue operation Friday morning at a Unadilla farm where hundreds of pigs were found dead in confinement buildings.


Sheriff's deputies discovered the dead animals Thursday night after responding to a complaint and described the scene as horrendous, with hundreds of animals in various stages of decomposition.


Preliminary reports from the humane society is that pigs died of starvation. A humane society veterinarian reported that the stomach contents of the animals revealed mostly mud and hair.


The Otoe County Sheriff's Office and Nebraska Humane Society conducted an investigation Friday morning at a Unadilla farm where hundreds of pigs were found dead in confinement buildings.

Sheriff's deputies discovered the dead animals Thursday night after responding to a complaint and described the scene as horrendous, with hundreds of animals in various stages of decomposition.

Preliminary reports from the humane society is that pigs died of starvation. A humane society veterinarian reported that the stomach contents of the animals revealed mostly mud and hair.

Deputies arrested John Maahs, 60, for suspicion of cruelty to animals.

Mark Langan, vice president of field operations for the Humane Society, said the office is regularly called to assist with neglected livestock but this case ranks among the worst he has ever seen.

"It's very sad," he said.