The Animal Rescue League of Boston and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals joined together to rescue 35 animals from a life of misery in Ludlow, Mass. On February 7, 2014, the two organizations seized the animals after receiving complaints about the terrible conditions the animals were in.
The traveling petting zoo was unlicensed and run by Dean Manual from Ludlow, Mass. He now faces 36 counts of animal cruelty, two counts of assault and battery on a police officer and one count of resisting arrest. Manual is scheduled to be arraigned February 12, 2014.
Most of the animals, which included eight ponies, six pigs, four donkeys, four alpacas, four goats, four ducks, two sheep, one emu, one goose and one rabbit, are malnourished. One pony is severely emaciated, and a few of the ponies have overgrown hooves. One alpaca could not stand and is in the critical care unit at the Tufts veterinary center in Grafton.
Manual was previously charged by the MSPCA with 10 counts of animal cruelty back in December 2013 when animals were found to be without food, water and shelter. The animals were covered in snow and ice. Manual was scheduled to appear in court on March 5.
“Our primary concern now is the health and well being of these animals—and we’ll do everything we can to help them regain their health,” said MSPCA Officer Christine Allenberg. “And, simultaneously, we will vigorously pursue justice as we do with every cruelty investigation we take on.”
The animals are now on the road to recovery.