Westport Conservation Commission to hand over records on squalid farm

WESTPORT, Mass. (WPRI) — The Westport Conservation Commission has voted to send their records on the town’s squalid farm property to the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.

It’s been a month since more than a thousand animals were found living in horrible conditions on a farm property off of American Legion Highway.

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Eyewitness News has learned all of the commission’s records – dating back to the first investigation on the land in 2010 – will be sent to Boston.

The agent for the commission said little has changed on the 70-acre property since the first investigation.

“We had a hazardous oil tank with oil leakage in 2010. We found this in 2016,” said Christopher Capone, an agent with the commission. “They found fill containers with hazardous materials listed – found this in 2016. So very similar.”

Capone said he visited the site earlier this month with the Dept. of Environmental Protection. He said he saw where trash was burned, animals were buried and piles of trash added up.

“Majority of the area where they moved buried animals was all along the end of the wetlands and in the wetlands itself,” he said.

The commission said their information will be handed over the to state on Wednesday. All of their paperwork has already been collected.

As the state works to build their case, donations for the hundreds of animals removed from the land have been coming in by truck-loads. Some of the volunteer organizations are now starting to look for outside places to store the supplies.

Westport Police said charges would be announced in the coming weeks.

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