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More than 80 animals taken from Solon property, transported to emergency shelter

Tue, 07/23/2019 - 2:00pm

    Approximately 80 animals including dogs, cats, chickens and horses were rescued from a Solon, Maine property after Maine Animal Welfare authorities determined that the animals needed urgent care. The animals were removed to an emergency shelter.

    Local law enforcement and humane agents served a search warrant on the property.

    The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.

    While in state custody, the animals will be given medical and behavioral evaluations and needed care.

    Once custody is determined by the court, possible new homes for the animals can be found. Animal Welfare will work with animal sheltering partners across the state to find new homes for the animals. 

    How to help
    Many animal shelters and County Animal Response Teams are assisting in the care for these animals while in state custody. Donations can be dropped off at local animal shelters. Needed items include pads and blankets, towels, sheets, dog toys, paper towels, cleaning supplies and dog food/treats. Anyone interested in helping animals in their community should inquire with their local animal shelter. 

    The following animal welfare organizations provided volunteers and assistance with this case:
    Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland
    Animal Welfare Society
    Bangor Humane Society
    Cumberland County Animal Response Team (CART)
    Franklin County Animal Shelter
    Greater Androscoggin Humane Society
    Kennebec Valley Humane Society
    Maine Department of Agriculture Conservation & Forestry
    Maine Department of Transportation
    Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals
    Midcoast Humane
    Oxford County CART
    York County CART