October 4, 2016

Westport Residents Thank ASPCA with a Generous Fundraiser

Westport Residents Thank ASPCA with a Generous Fundraiser
Members of the William Raveis OnPoint, organizers of the fundraiser, with ASPCA responders. Photo courtesy of Ryan Feeney/Standard-Times Special/SCMG.

Nearly $3,500 was raised by residents of the Westport, Massachusetts, community during a fundraiser last Wednesday benefitting the ASPCA, which helped rescue and care for hundreds of animals in what is now considered the largest-ever farm animal cruelty case in the Northeast.

The fundraiser took place at Buzzards Bay Brewery, where a portion of the sales from beverages and raffle items went to the ASPCA. Live music and a farmers market were other attractions during the 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. event. The event was coordinated by William Raveis/On Point, property agents in Westport.

People outside by a fire
Photo courtesy of Ryan Feeney/Standard-Times Special/SCMG.

“It’s great to see such a strong outpouring of community support,” Dick Green, Senior Director of Disaster Response for the ASPCA, told those gathered at the brewery. “Most of you didn’t see the conditions these animals came from, but I can tell you they’re now receiving comprehensive care.” 

The ASPCA Field Investigations & Response team arrived in Westport on July 21 to assist local and state officials with the investigation, care and sheltering of more than 1,000 farm animals of various species living on a 70-acre property. The ASPCA is also providing forensic and legal assistance in support of the criminal case.

People at a table drinking beer
Photo courtesy of Ryan Feeney/Standard-Times Special/SCMG.

The surviving animals were transported to a temporary shelter in an undisclosed location where ASPCA responders are caring for them daily. Nearly 230 animals have been transported to rescue groups in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Maryland, Vermont and Maine.

“This fundraiser gave our hardworking responders a chance to relax and have fun,” said Tim Rickey, Vice President of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “And it was nice to mingle with such a supportive community.”

Dick Green
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