UPDATE: ASPCA Places Nearly 230 Animals from MA Cruelty Case with Rescue Groups

September 7, 2016

MA farm rescue case

In late July, the ASPCA assisted authorities with the removal of more than 1,000 animals from deplorable conditions on a 70-acre property in Westport, Massachusetts. It was the largest-ever farm animal cruelty case in the Northeast.

Today, we are happy to announce that after more than a month of medical care and behavioral enrichment, nearly 230 of the surrendered animals have been transported to rescue groups across various states to find suitable placement options.

 “We are incredibly grateful for our response partners who are supporting this massive operation by sending volunteers to care for these animals, as well as taking in animals who now have a second chance in life,” said Jessica Rushin, Senior Manager of ASPCA Partnerships. “After seeing how these animals were living, we’re excited for them to find new homes.”

We would like to thank the following rescue groups and shelters for receiving these animals in their time of need:

  • Animal Welfare Society (Kennebunk, Maine)
  • Catskill Animal Sanctuary (Saugerties, New York)
  • Chautauqua County Humane Society (Chautauqua, New York)
  • Humane Society of Chittenden County (South Burlington, Vermont)
  • Connecticut Humane Society (Newington, Connecticut)
  • Days End Farm Horse Rescue (Woodbine, Maryland)
  • Forever Paws Animal Shelter (Fall River, Massachusetts)
  • House Rabbit Network (Woburn, Massachusetts)
  • MSPCA Cape Cod (Centerville, Massachusetts)
  • MSPCA (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Potter League for Animals (Middletown, Rhode Island)
  • SPCA Serving Erie County (Tonawanda, New York)
  • Sweet Binks Rabbit Rescue (Foster, Rhode Island)
  • Tamerlaine Farm Animal Sanctuary (Montague Township, New Jersey)
  • West Place Animal Sanctuary (South Tiverton, Rhode Island)

The ASPCA is assisting local and state officials with the criminal case and ongoing investigation. The remaining animals will be cared for at the emergency shelter until their custody is determined.