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
Oxford County CART
York County CART