WESTPORT, Mass. (WPRI) — A local farm known at the center largest animal abuse case in the Northeast is drawing negative attention to itself again.
Westport Board of Selectman are meeting tonight to discuss the future of the animal farm on American Legion Highway after police say that a bull and calf escaped the property over the weekend.
The 70-acre property is a familiar scene to police. In July, hundreds of dead, injured, and living animals were found in hazardous conditions on the farm.
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Over the weekend, a 1000-pound bull was standing is the driveway of a residence adjacent to the farm, according to police who responded to the call.
Eventually, both animals meandered back into the woods toward the farm, police said.
“There’s solid waste all over the ground, its unsanitary with feces and urine, along with rotted food, and there was, and I believe there still is, this rat infestation problem down there,” said Westport Police Detective Jeff Majewski.
Farmer owner, Richard Medeiros, told police one of his tenant’s owned the animals.
That man, whose name has not been released by police, admitted to officers on Sunday afternoon, after initially denying it, that he did own the bull and calf. He also stated he had transported them early Sunday morning to an auction in Pennsylvania.
“He could very well face criminal charges for misleading the police,” said Majewski.
Back in 2010, police found animals at the farm in equally terrible conditions as well. Some 60 animals had to be put down, officials said.