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Animal control officers seized more than 40 animals, including this horse, from a property at 48 Condon Road in Oxford on Tuesday. The animals were neglected and malnourished, according to officials.
More than 40 neglected and malnourished animals were seized from a property in Oxford on Tuesday, according to state officials.
Agents from the state Department of Agriculture, Oxford Animal Control Officers and State Police executed a search warrant at 48 Condon Road.
Officials said Karen Desrosiers owns the livestock and domesticated animals.
Oxford animal control officers began an investigation after they received a complain of roaming animals on Feb. 20 and determined that many of the animals on the property lacked basic veterinary care, food and water.
The said they found horses and a donkey with badly overgrown hooves and skin conditions. One horse had wounds of unknown origin, officers said.
In all, officials took four dogs, one cat, 18 chickens, six turkeys, six guinea fowl, one goat, one pig, one donkey, one horse and two miniature horses from Desrosiers.
"Neglect and abuse animals are actions we do not tolerate at the Department of Agriculture," Commissioner Steven Reviczky said. "It is essential that these animals receive adequate food, water and care while we investigate the circumstances that led to these conditions, and take the necessary steps to ensure they do not occur again."
The four dogs and the cat were taken to a local shelter.
The horses, livestock and poultry were taken to the Department of Agriculture's animal rescue facility at Gates Correctional Institute in Niantic.