Old Town police investigating animal abuse case

Old Town officials remove a snake from a home on High Street in Old Town.
Courtesy of Deborah Holmes
Old Town officials remove a snake from a home on High Street in Old Town.
Posted July 19, 2013, at 6:15 p.m.
Last modified July 20, 2013, at 12:25 p.m.
One of the ducks found in an upstairs bedroom in a home on High Street in Old Town. One duck was found dead and another one was in poor condition. They had cuts on their necks, and police suspected that the loose ferrets running around may have been trying to eat them.
Courtesy of Deborah Holmes
One of the ducks found in an upstairs bedroom in a home on High Street in Old Town. One duck was found dead and another one was in poor condition. They had cuts on their necks, and police suspected that the loose ferrets running around may have been trying to eat them.
Chickens living in an upstairs bedroom at a home on High Street in Old Town. They had no food or water, police reported.
Courtesy of Deborah Holmes
Chickens living in an upstairs bedroom at a home on High Street in Old Town. They had no food or water, police reported.

OLD TOWN, Maine — Old Town police are investigating an abuse case involving several species of animals, a city police officer confirmed Friday.

The names of the suspects — a couple in the process of moving out of a home on High Street — were being withheld Friday because the man and woman have not yet been formally charged, Old Town police Officer Ryan Fitch said.

Removed from the residence were numerous cats, rabbits, chickens, ducks and one large snake, Fitch said, adding that there might have been other kinds of animals as well. He said that one of the animals, a duck, was found dead.

Fitch said that Officer Deborah Holmes, who is leading the investigation, described conditions inside the home as “deplorable.”

The surviving animals were being assessed, Fitch said. Most likely will be taken to the Animal Orphanage in Old Town. Those in need of medical attention will be taken to area veterinarians, he said.

Fitch said the investigation into alleged animal abuse on High Street began when police were alerted to the situation by a concerned resident.

Animal abuse continues to be a problem in Maine. In March, 75 dogs were seized from a home in Wilton. A Fairfield man was arrested last weekend after allegedly dragging a dog on a leash.

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