SOLON – State Animal Welfare authorities removed an estimated 80 animals — dogs, cats, chickens and horses — from a Solon property after they determined the animals needed urgent care. The animals were taken 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, officials from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry said Tuesday in a news release.
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 officials said they will work with animal sheltering partners across the state to find new homes for the animals.
Many animal shelters and County Animal Response Teams are helping 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 and treats. Anyone interested in helping animals in their community should inquire with their local animal shelter.