Thursday, April 21, 2011

SPCA rescues animals from East Concord home

By: Teresa Nagel

On the morning of April 13, an anonymous phone call reporting animal cruelty led SPCA officers, joined by the local sheriff’s department, to an East Concord residence. Upon arrival, the officers found what they called “deplorable living conditions” for 101 animals living inside the home and attached garage. Among these were 75 chickens, 15 cats, six dogs, two ducks, two geese and one pigeon.

One officer reported that the feces in the home was piled so high that the animals had to tunnel through to get from one place to the next. Although all of the animals were alive, every one of the cats showed visible signs of upper respiratory problems because of their living conditions.

The animals were taken to the local SPCA, where they are currently being held. The owner, an elderly woman, has been given the opportunity to surrender the animals. Should she agree, she may be cleared of all charges..."

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