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Pigs, sheep removed from burned-out property

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When Samuel Meuro Cantos arrived at his property he couldn't believe his animals had been snatched away by law enforcement.

"Definitely I am in shock. They should've called me, they know where I live," Cantos said.

Deputies alongside work-release inmates wrangled up the livestock just a couple hours earlier.

It wasn't easy, as some put up quite a fight.

Pigs, roosters, sheep, even dogs, 17 in all seized after someone called to report a possible case of animal abuse.

"With the conditions we observed, we have some serious concerns for animals here," said Sgt. Rob Hendrickson.

But Cantos disputes those claims. He showed us food and running water for the animals. He says he lives inside this RV on the property. His house burned down a couple years ago.

There isn't much inside -- except a giant hornets' nest that looks to be at least five feet wide and three to four feet tall. It takes up an entire closet.

Cantos says he's currently in a fight with the insurance company over the house, and now he has more issues.

"They haven't died. Two years I've been giving them feed and taking care of them," Cantos said. "Those are my pets, because I live right here in agriculture," he added.

One pig was dead on the property, but Cantos says it died in the last 48 hours and had been old and sick. Authorities are building a potential criminal case, and Cantos says that's not necessary.

"I'm not no criminal," he said.

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