In what's being called a rare case of livestock neglect, the B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has seized 80 emaciated cows and 18 emaciated calves from a farm near Quesnel this week.

The B.C. SPCA and B.C. Cattlemen's Association had made several visits to the property in attempts to work with the owner.

When their efforts failed, officers moved in and seized the emaciated animals, moving them to another ranch where they're being rehabilitated.

According to Shawn Eccles, the B.C. SPCA's manager of cruelty investigations, this type of case is very uncommon.

"We never see something like this, in such a large scale. And I think primarily because, in most cases, what you're dealing with is owners who are relying on the condition of these animals to bring in money," said Eccles.

The animals will likely end up back in the food production system, once they've recovered.

With Marissa Harvey