Animal control officers seized a horse, two miniature horses, a donkey, a pig, a goat, 18 chickens, six guinea fowl and six turkeys, as well as four dogs and a cat, which were found to be living in inhumane conditions at a home in Oxford Tuesday. ( Photos, courtesy Department of Agriculture)
Supervisor Raymond Connors with the Agriculture Department’s Animal Control Division says the animals were malnourished, and not in adequate housing. He says when a blanket was removed from the horse, it was clearly emaciated, and when the fowl arrived at the animal rescue operation at Gates Prison in Niantic, they consumed a large quantity of water because of their thirst.
Connors, says they investigated after receiving a complaint about an inadequately-cared-for donkey and horse running loose at the home in a residential area on Condon Road in Oxford,
Four dogs and a cat were taken to the local animal shelter; the livestock went to the state’s “Second Chance Corral” at Gates Prison in Niantic.