ALEXANDRIA - The SPCA discovered more 20 severely neglected animals at the Hunterdon Humane Animal Shelter yesterday.

The New Jersey SPCA executed a warrant on the animal shelter at about 9:30 a.m. after receiving information from both the state Department of Health and a confidential informant.

Two vets and several SPCA officers investigated and removed 17 cats which were deemed to need emergency veterinary attention for a variety of problems. Four of those cats had to be euthanized.

Officials say two pigs were also taken into care that were in such deplorable condition. The Department of Agriculture is going to asses the health of the pigs, but officials say it does not seem as though they will survive.

The executive director of the shelter, Theresa Carlson, and seven employees were present during the raid. No arrests were made, but several animal cruelty charges are pending.

Officials say the neglect has been going on for at least nine months to a year.

The SPCA says that the animals are in such dire shape that they will not survive.