No criminal charges likely in Tiverton for animal cruelty suspects

Sign found on Tiverton home on Friday (Madeleine Wright/WPRI-TV)

TIVERTON, R.I. (AP/WPRI) — Authorities say a New Bedford couple who kept a menagerie of goats, chickens, ducks and alpacas behind a condemned home in Tiverton are unlikely to face criminal charges in Rhode Island.

Police Capt. Patrick Jones tells The Herald News of Fall River that the animals found behind the home that burned down last year were healthy, being fed and have since been given new homes.

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Police say the animals were kept there by Jake Brousseau and Sabrina Harding, of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Jones says the couple could face civil charges for code violations.

Brousseau and Harding still face criminal animal cruelty charges in Massachusetts after authorities say they found dead, hungry and neglected animals in a New Bedford apartment. They have pleaded not guilty.

The Rhode Island investigation is ongoing.