More than 60 animals were rescued from deplorable conditions at a non-profit rescue group's makeshift shelter in the foothills above Squaw Valley.
Central California SPCA officers made the discovery Wednesday after members of the SPCA for Monterey County called sheriff's deputies to the area in eastern Fresno County.
Officers say the animals were discovered in various stages of emaciation.
"Several of [the animals] were chained up. Most had no food or water provided for them. And all of them were so emaciated that they could have passed away very soon," said Beth Caffrey with the Central California SPCA
Workers are attempting to nurse them back to health at the Fresno facility.
The Director of the Monterey facility says her officers are investigating and building a case against the group known as "Saint Francis All Creature Rescue and Sanctuary" and its owner, Crystal Kisicki.
This week, Monterey County animal officers say they stopped Kisicki from selling 17 animals outside a San City Petsmart.
Officers say the fourteen dogs, two birds and a cat all with various problems, including worms and scabies.
The SPCA for Monterey County hopes to submit the proposed animal cruelty charges on Friday.
Beth Brookhouser with the SPCA for Monterey County says, "The SPCA wants people to know even if a group is calling themselves a rescue group, always trusts your instincts. If it doesn't look right it probably isn't."