Protesters call for resignation over Westport farm abuse

This aerial view shows the property where authorities are conducting a massive animal cruelty investigation.
This aerial view shows the property where authorities are conducting a massive animal cruelty investigation.

WESTPORT, Mass. (WPRI) — Protestors called for the resignation of several Board of Health members in Westport Monday night.

About two dozen people attended the Board of Health meeting set to discuss what is now being called the largest case of farm animal abuse in the Northeast.

The situation at the American Legion Highway farm resulted in the removal of more than a thousand animals.

Board members John Colletti and Karl Santos were specifically called out by protesters.

“Mr. Coletti and Mr. Sanots had a fiduciary responsibility to report inspection information back to the state and they lied,” said Roxanne Houghton of Westport.

Colletti denied any negligence. He told Eyewitness News he hadn’t been to the farm in years and no one made him aware of any issues there.

While both men defended their stances at the meeting, others called for them to at least take responsibility if they were not going to resign.

Resignation may be in Colletti’s future, he said, but not tonight.