SUMMITVILLE, Ind. (WISH) - Madison County hazmat crews returned to a remote farm near Summitville on Thursday to complete disposing of more than 125 animal carcasses.
The dead animals were discovered Tuesday evening after a neighbor complained of a foul odor.
Authorities thought they had completed the clean up process Wednesday evening until they uncovered a 10 foot by 10 foot by 10 foot manure pit filled with dead animals.
Because of Wednesday's heavy rains, cleaning out the pit had to be put off until Thursday morning.
Crews removed the carcasses and sludge from the pit and transferred them to a pre-dug hole where more than 75 dead animals had been placed the previous day.
"We have IDEM on scene as well as the Madison County Health Department. They were making the determination on what to do with that sludge. We are going to pump that into the pit with the rest of the carcasses and fill in the pit," said Maj. Brian Bell from the Madison County Sheriff's Department.
Also Thursday, the Madison County prosecutor visited the farm to see the cleanup process. Representatives from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management were also on site.
According to the Madison County Sheriff's Department, building code inspectors have condemned three of the farm buildings — including a home that had burned last year — and two barns. One of the barns included living space that had previously been occupied by the farm owner and his family.
Animal rescue volunteers also returned Thursday morning. They tracked down and captured a number of hens, rabbits and ducks on the property.
"They are pretty feisty. It took 5-6 of us to catch them we had to corner them, use some nets, fishing nets, get them caught and put in cages so we can take care of them," said volunteer Heather Maddox.
The animals will be cared for by foster families for the time being.
"We actually had to rush two of the rabbits to the vet this morning. One was completely not eating. The other one displayed symptoms of dental disease," said Dawn Sailer, who is with the Indiana House Rabbit Society.
A winter storm warning is in effect for most of Central Indiana.
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Dispatchers with Indiana State Police say a vehicle left the roadway Thursday night off of Interstate 69.