Two Buxton owners, in two unconnected cases, have been identified in animal cruelty situations in Buxton, Maine.
In one instance, Buxton police seized an emaciated horse from Chicopee Road on September 10. The Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals assisted police in removing the horse.
Last week in another incident, police removed 21 animals from a house on Cemetery Road. This investigation stems from the information that a dog was not given appropriate medical attention when it desperately needed care. In that animal seizure, nine rabbits, three cats, six dogs, a bird, a reptile and one chicken were put into a shelter.
The police, with the assistance of the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, removed all of the animals and had them examined by a veterinarian. The 6-pound Pomeranian dog required a leg amputation to save his life and is recovering since the surgery.
Buxton officer Adam Ricci said that several cats have already been adopted from the shelter and the chicken is living at a local farm.
Evidently, the two Buxton animal owners have been presented summons for their individual animal cruelty cases, both of which were investigated by Ricci.
The only thing the Buxton police released about the two individual animal abuse cases is that “each animal owner was issued a summons for animal cruelty [Class D misdemeanor]. Police declined to release the names of the alleged abusers.
According to Ricci, the police department wants to raise animal cruelty awareness but avoid “vilifying owners.”
The court date for both cases has been set for a date in December.
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