FAIRVIEW  – Belmont County Animal Rescue League received an emergency call on Nov. 26 that resulted in the removal of more than 40 animals from a Fairview residence.

Upon arrival, animals were found living in deplorable conditions with no food or water.

Officials are reporting that 30 dogs, five cats, a goat and several chickens were transported to BCARL.

The rescue stems from an ongoing investigation that dates back to August.