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Oregon State University helps avert ‘alpaca-lypse’

  • This Feb. 10, 2014 photo provided by Oregon State University shows some starving alpacas being cared for at OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Co...

    Associated Press

    This Feb. 10, 2014 photo provided by Oregon State University shows some starving alpacas being cared for at OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Corvallis, Ore., after being seized from a breeding ranch by Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies say about 175 alpacas were seized from owners Robert and Jocelyn Silver, who also face animal neglect charges. (AP Photo/Oregon State University, Larry Pribyl)

  • This Feb. 10, 2014 photo provided by Oregon State Unversity shows one of the starving alpacas being cared for at the OSU College of Vetgerinary Medici...

    Associated Press

    This Feb. 10, 2014 photo provided by Oregon State Unversity shows one of the starving alpacas being cared for at the OSU College of Vetgerinary Medicine in Corvallis., Ore., after being seized by Polk County from an alpaca breeding ranch. The county seized about 175 emaciated alpacas from Robert and Jocelyn Silver of Falls City, Ore. (AP Photo/Oregon State University, Larry Pribyl)

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  • This Feb. 10, 2014 photo provided by Oregon State University shows some starving alpacas being cared for at OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Co...

    Associated Press

    This Feb. 10, 2014 photo provided by Oregon State University shows some starving alpacas being cared for at OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Corvallis, Ore., after being seized from a breeding ranch by Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies say about 175 alpacas were seized from owners Robert and Jocelyn Silver, who also face animal neglect charges. (AP Photo/Oregon State University, Larry Pribyl)

  • This Feb. 10, 2014 photo provided by Oregon State Unversity shows one of the starving alpacas being cared for at the OSU College of Vetgerinary Medici...

    Associated Press

    This Feb. 10, 2014 photo provided by Oregon State Unversity shows one of the starving alpacas being cared for at the OSU College of Vetgerinary Medicine in Corvallis., Ore., after being seized by Polk County from an alpaca breeding ranch. The county seized about 175 emaciated alpacas from Robert and Jocelyn Silver of Falls City, Ore. (AP Photo/Oregon State University, Larry Pribyl)

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The last of about 175 alpacas that were found starving at a breeding operation in the Willamette Valley arrived Tuesday at Oregon State University.
Veterinary school doctors and students are nursing them back to health until they can be adopted.
Veterinary student Robyn Thompson told KVAL-TV they call it the “alpaca-lypse.”
The Polk County sheriff’s office stepped in last week after owners of Jocelyns’ Alpaca Ranch could not care for the animals. The owners are facing charges.
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Information from: KVAL-TV, http://www.kval.com/

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