IFAW aids with deplorable animal cruelty case in Westport, MA

Monday, 1 August, 2016
Yarmouth Port, MA

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources requested assistance from International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) to help care for and relocate more than 1,000 animals kept in appalling conditions in Westport, MA. The menagerie of neglected birds, rabbits, goats, sheep, cattle, horses left without access to food and water makes this the biggest farm animal cruelty case in the Northeastern, U.S.

“This is a really sad situation,” said Katie Moore IFAW Animal Rescue Director. “Animals should not be living in these terrible conditions. Working with other rescue groups, we are doing everything we can to address their immediate needs and provide a better life for these animals long-term.”

IFAW responders are assisting the ASPCA© (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals©) with the rescue operation providing daily care to the animals as well as forensic, transportation, logistics and management support. Working in collaboration with the ASPCA and the Animal Rescue League of Boston, the team will begin relocating the remaining farm animals to the safety of a purpose built temporary shelter starting Tuesday, August 2. Additional details are limited as the case is part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

About IFAW

Founded in 1969, IFAW rescues and protects animals around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook/IFAW and Twitter @action4ifaw

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