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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Two animal rescue organizations working to care for 33 emaciated alpacas seized by the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office are asking for donations to help care for the creatures.

The News Tribune reports that the alpacas were seized Friday near Mud Bay as part of an animal cruelty investigation. Four alpacas were dead at the time. Of the surviving 33, two are pregnant and four are babies.

The alpacas are being cared for by a veterinarian and have been moved to several foster homes in the area.

Cross Creek Alpaca Rescue and Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County will take care of the alpacas throughout the investigation.

Officials with the nonprofits say the herd needs medical supplies and feed.