Neglected Massachusetts animals enjoying improved conditions at new shelter

IFAW is responding to an animal welfare incident in Westport, MA. (File photo above from another IFAW rescue)More than 1,000 farm animals were found on a 70-acre property in the town of Westport last month, as was reported in local media outlets here in Massachusetts.

Our team was called in to help by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources three weeks ago and immediately began assisting with the rescue operation. Our responders have been assisting the ASPCA®, (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) providing daily care and veterinary treatments to the animals in distress. We also lent our forensic skills to collect evidence and equipment and manpower to transport the pigs, chickens, cows, sheep, rabbits and goats to their emergency shelter where they will be cared for until their custody is determined by the court.

We have successfully moved all of the animals and it was rewarding to see them enjoy their new enriched surroundings. We saw chickens scratching and dust bathing, cows eating grass, ducks swimming and pigs enjoying fresh mud wallows. This wouldn’t have been possible without your support.


Additional details are limited as the case is part of an ongoing criminal investigation. –The Editors

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