Your support is URGENTLY needed to help the many animals in this case
The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) has been working around-the-clock alongside the Westport Police Department and other local and state officials in and on-going effort at 465 American Legion Highway in Westport, Massachusetts.
Since early Tuesday morning, the ARL has been assisting in the rescue, removal, and emergency veterinary treatment of hundreds of animals on the 70-acre property.
Today, we were back on-site to help the many more animals still living in these cruel and unsanitary conditions.
Thus far, the ARL has taken care and custody of 57 animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, goats and other animals; removing them from a dangerous environment where they suffered without adequate shelter, food, or care.
Once they are healed, the animals in our care and will be connected with the caring families that they deserve.
Lt. Alan Borgal, ARL’s Director of Law Enforcement, and Dr. Kyle Quigley, ARL’s Lead Community Veterinarian continue to lead the efforts in Westport to provide for the well-being and care of all the animals in this case.
“This is the worst [case] I’ve ever seen, as far as scale and conditions,” says Dr. Kyle Quigley. “Animals here had been living in deplorable conditions for months, probably years”.
The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is on the ground in Westport, MA and we need your help to provide the animals suffering in these deplorable conditions with the emergency assistance they so desperately require.
Thousands of dollars are needed to provide URGENT care to these animals who have suffered from abuse and neglect. Your gift today makes this important work possible!
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ARL assists Westport Police with removal of hundreds of animals
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The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) has been working alongside the Westport Police Department and other local and state officials in an ongoing effort at 465 American Legion Highway in Westport, Massachusetts.
This 70 acre property has over 20 tenant farms that are in various degrees of condition.
ARL Boston’s Director of Law Enforcement, Lt. Alan Borgal, along with Lead Veterinarian, Dr. Kyle Quigley, will continue to lead our investigation and the efforts to provide for the well being and care of all animals in this case.
As of this morning, the ARL took care and custody of the following animals:
- 7 dogs surrendered by their owners to the ARL and Westport Animal Control
- 2 adult cats, 2 kittens, 1 pigeon, and 1 Canadian Goose were taken into custody at ARL’s Boston shelter
These animals are now in our care and will receive the specialized veterinary care they desperately need. We will connect them with caring families once they are healed.
Due to their dire physical condition and suffering, 3 goats had to be euthanized on site.
The ARL is back on site today for the inspection of several more of the tenant farms. It is expected there will be many more animals found today.
The ARL team is on the ground in Westport, MA assisting in the rescue, removal, and emergency veterinary treatment of hundreds of animals from the deplorable conditions on the 70 acre farmland.
Thousands of dollars are needed to provide these animals in Westport who have suffered from abuse and neglect with the immediate assistance and care they so desperately need.
This is an URGENT situation and it is YOUR HELP that makes all of ARL’s important work possible!
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Hot car demonstration helps urge lawmakers to protect pets in the summer heat
The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) and other leading animal protection organizations and citizen advocates are calling on the Massachusetts state legislature to pass S. 2369—An Act to Prevent Animal Suffering and Death—which would enable faster rescue of pets trapped in hot cars, just as summertime temperatures are heating up.
To drive awareness for the plight of pets left in hot cars, which—according to the American Veterinary Medical Association—claims the lives of hundreds of animal lives every year—the MSPCA-Angell, ARL, and HSUS will underscore the threats pets face when trapped in hot cars, all while a thermometer tracks the steadily rising temperature inside a “hot car” demonstration vehicle.
Stop by the Massachusetts State House tomorrow, July 14, at 12:00 noon to see a live hot car demonstration to see how quickly temperatures rise inside a vehicle on a sunny day.
Stop by to see the live demonstration!
Thursday, July 14
“The well” at the Massachusetts State House
ARL’s Director of Advocacy, Nadine Pellegrini, will be speaking in support of S. 2369, as well as the bill’s sponsors, Senator Mark Montigny and Representative Lori Ehrlich, and officials from MSPCA-Angell and HSUS.
Local law enforcement, fire fighters, and animal control officers who respond to calls about animals in hot cars will also be in attendance.
S. 2369 would give first responders including police officers, fire fighters and animal control officers explicit authority to rescue an animal from inside a car when conditions, such as extreme heat or cold, are reasonably expected to threaten the health of the animal. The bill would also allow an individual to enter a car if the animal is in imminent danger, and no other options exist.
Click here to learn more about S. 2369 and related animal protection legislation currently under consideration in Massachusetts.
For more information on summer pet safety visit: www.arlboston.org/summersafety
ARL provided essential testimony in support of “overwhelming evidence” that dogs were kept in filthy and dirty conditions
A Cape Cod woman’s convictions for violating Massachusetts State law by confining her two dogs in a condemned home and a fenced-in yard, has been upheld by the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
Leanne Trefry, of Brewster, MA, challenged her convictions and claimed that she did not violate the law because her dogs were not confined outside. The Court disagreed, finding that keeping dogs in filthy and dirty confinement both inside and outside was, in fact, a violation of law.
Trefry’s Shetland sheepdogs, Kenji and Zach, peer through a fence on her property in Brewster on July 2013, just a few days before they were removed. Photo credit: Cape Cod Times
Read the story, as reported by Cape Cod Times.
The Court found also that the dogs were effectively left alone on the property which was clogged with trash, inside and outside; emitted odors of trash (inside); dog feces (outside); and that there were many items which posed a threat to the dogs’ health and safety.
ARL’s Director of Law Enforcement, Lt. Alan Borgal, was one of the witnesses to the deplorable conditions in which the dogs were kept. He became aware of the situation when Brewster Animal Control Officer (ACO) Lynda Brogdan-Burns told him about the dogs and requested investigative assistance from the ARL.
Lt. Borgal went to see Trefry with the Brewster ACO and she agreed to allow the dogs to be taken to the ARL’s Brewster shelter for veterinary care and grooming because of the tick infestation.
At the time of the rescue, the dogs had effectively been left alone virtually all day every day for over a year with only intermittent contact with friends, a caretaker, and Trefry who provided food and water. One dog had Lyme disease and was limping badly from an injury. Both dogs were both tick-infested and described as “matted”, “ravaged” and “traumatized.”
During the trial, Lt. Borgal told the court that he had visited the home and found that the yard was overgrown, dog feces had not been picked up and removed and that, consequently, the yard itself smelled.
Both dogs were transferred to ARL’s Brewster shelter and were later boarded and fostered by Brewster Animal Control. After the conclusion of the case, the dogs were adopted.
Why is this case important? This is one of the first cases interpreting the Massachusetts law which prohibits cruel and dangerous conditions and inhumane tethering or chaining.
Follow these 6 steps to be “pet prepared” during an emergency
In 2010 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designated the second Saturday in May as National Disaster Animal Preparedness Day, to help pet families focus on the importance of having a family disaster plan that also includes their pets.
In recognition of National Disaster Animal Preparedness Day, the ARL and Hill’s Pet Nutrition remind pet owners to always be ready for the unexpected.
Whether it’s a fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, or other natural disaster, emergencies happen. Just as you’ve created an “in case of emergency” plan for your family, it’s smart to do the same for your pet. Keep in mind that what’s safest for you is typically also what’s safest for them.
Not sure what to do to prepare for an emergency? First and foremost, be sure to prepare a pet emergency bag. Keep it handy in case you need to evacuate your home in a hurry. Take a look at ARL’s list of supplies that your pet will need.
Then follow these 6 important steps to keep your furry family members safe:
For more National Disaster Animal Preparedness Day tips, visit www.hillspet.com/petprepared.
All in a day’s work: Rescue Services helps newborn critters in New England
ARL’s Rescue Services pulled nine kittens from an old work duct in Jamaica Plain. The kittens are now safe in ARL’s foster care!
On Monday, the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Rescue Service team, Danielle Genter and Mike Brammer responded to a call for help from an employee of the VA Hospital in Jamaica Plain, MA.
The concerned citizen contacted the ARL when the feral cat that she feeds on Monday mornings did not come out as usual. She could, however, hear the animal whimpering and assumed it was stuck somewhere outdoors.
ARL’s Rescue team arrived on the scene and quickly identified two holes near the building. During their initial inspection, they looked into the holes and took photographs, but did not hear anything. Shortly after placing food inside the hole, however, they heard a faint meow coming from one of the holes.
ARL’s expert rescue technicians, Danielle Genter and Mike Brammer, attempt to return the baby owl to its nest.
Click here to read the full story, as reported by Boston.com.
After pulling one kitten out of the small hole under the building, Danielle and Mike were in for a surprise: in total they found nine 4-week-old kittens taking cover from the storm inside the old duct work!
“Gradually, one by one, we pulled all nine kittens out. We were there for about an hour trying to catch them,” says Mike.
Although cold and hungry, all nine kittens were in perfect heath and were transferred to ARL’s foster care program where they’ll stay until they’re old enough to be put up for adoption.
Earlier in the week, the kittens’ feral cat mom had also been taken into ARL’s Boston shelter for spay surgery and later released.
While in Jamaica Plain, the Rescue Team also responded to the Arnold Arboretum where a small baby owl was found on the ground below its nest. At first, Danielle and Mike attempted to return the owl to its home.
With the help of arboretum staff and a bucket truck, the baby owl was returned to its nest where its two siblings were waiting. The team was packing up and ready to leave when someone spotted the baby owl on the ground- again! It had either fallen, or been kicked out by its siblings.
Click here to read the full story, as reported by Boston.com.
With the threat of freezing overnight temperatures coming in and the possible predators that could harm the young bird, the team ultimately determined that the baby owl would be safest at the Blue Hill’s Trailside Museum in Milton, MA.
TO LEARN MORE about ARL’s Rescue Services team, visit http://www.arlboston.org/rescue-services/!
…or follow them live on Twitter @ARLBostonRescue!
ARL programs and administrative offices closed on February 8
Due to the winter weather, the following ARL programs will be closed to the public on Monday, February 8:
- ARL adoption centers in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham
- ARL rescue services
- Boston Veterinary Care
- Pine Ridge Pet Cemetery
- Spay Waggin’
Shelter staff and volunteers will stay at the shelter to make sure the animals remain safe, warm, and in good spirits as the snow flies on Monday.
You can provide feral cats with shelter during a snow storm! An elevated foam bin filled with straw offers warm shelter.
When a snow storm hits, we often receive an increasing number of calls from concerned citizens with questions about feral cats. Our rescue team suggests trying to coax a feral cat indoors to a garage or basement if possible for shelter during a storm.
If that’s not possible, watch our helpful how-to video to build a DIY cat shelter. Make sure to line the inside with straw and use cinder blocks or boards to get the cat shelter off the ground.
For more winter weather pet safety tips, visit arlboston.org/winter-pet-health.
ARL’s rescue services team celebrates their favorite happy tail moments from this year – all made possible thanks to supporters like you! DONATE NOW
DID YOU KNOW… that the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is the only animal welfare organization in Massachusetts that has a technically-trained team dedicated to rescuing animals from a variety of emergency situations?
So far in 2015, ARL’s rescue services team has assisted 1,788 domesticated animals and wildlife that were trapped, displaced, injured or otherwise distressed. Click here to watch ARL’s rescue services team in action, as seen on Boston.com
The team is only there to answer the call for help because of donors like you!
THE CLOCK IS TICKING… and we still need to raise just over $592,000 by MIDNIGHT ON DECEMBER 31 to keep this important work going!
The ARL counts down our top 7 animal rescues from 2015:
#7 – Canton deer pushed to safety
In March, a deer in Canton, MA went for a dip in a neighbor’s in-ground pool. Unfortunately for him, the concrete pool was empty and too deep for him to climb out of on his own.
Cue ARL’s resourceful rescue services team and facilities director who constructed a special ramp that allowed them to push the deer out of the pool uninjured!
#6 – It’s all upstream for the Gloucester Beaver Family
In May, three beavers were found stuck in a dry spillway off Dikes Pond in Gloucester, MA. The walls of the spillway were anywhere from 5 to 8 feet high, which was just too steep of an incline for the beavers to scale safely.
Three members of ARL’s rescue services team armed with catch poles and large nets successfully captured the beaver family. They then carried them a quarter of a mile downstream to release them in Lily Pond unharmed!
#5 – Lancaster goats are on the run no more
In January, the ARL was called in to capture a pair of goats that had been wandering along busy Route 190 between Sterling and Lancaster, MA. The two goats had reportedly been on the loose for up to 6 months and had become somewhat feral.
Thanks to their specially designed ungulate trap, ARL’s rescue services team was able to carefully capture both goats in the same trap. The duo was transported to ARL’s Dedham shelter where they were eventually adopted!
#4 – Lowell goat finds shelter before the big snowstorm
In January, an elusive goat wandering around the greater Lowell, MA area for over a month had a fortunate intervention. The “Lowell goat”, as he became known, had been spotted trekking through the snow and was inching dangerously closer and closer to I-495.
With the hope of bringing the shaggy two-horned rambler to safety before an impending major snowstorm, ARL’s rescue services team set up a humane trap. They were in luck! The goat was transported to ARL’s Dedham shelter barn for proper food, water, and rest in a fresh bed of straw. After regaining his strength, he was transferred to a sanctuary in Central Massachusetts and given the name Braveheart. Click here to read the full rescue story.
#3 – Boxer escapes an icy situation in West Roxbury
In March, a happy-go-lucky family dog was overcome with spring fever and decided to wade into a stream along the outskirts of Millennium Park in West Roxbury, MA. Deciding the water was a bit too chilly for his liking, the Boxer turned back for shore, only to find an icy shelf blocking his path.
Working alongside the dog’s caregiver, Boston Park Rangers, and the Boston Police, ARL’s rescue services team extended a catch-pole across the narrow stream to grab hold of the dog and pull him back onto solid ground. The Boxer received a warm welcome- and towel rub down- the minute his paws touched land. Click here to read the full rescue story.
#2 – It was all net gains for dog in Norfolk
In June, timid pup Faith had her wish come true and found her forever home! Within only 2 short hours at her new house in Norfolk, MA, however, she was spooked by gun shots fired at a nearby range and ran off with her leash dragging behind her. Faith’s new family was absolutely devastated.
Fortunately, Faith stuck close to the neighborhood for the next 7 weeks and after other attempts to bring her home had failed, the dog’s family called ARL’s rescue services team. A humane drop net was set and the lucky dog was caught and returned to her owners the very next day! Since then Faith has become a social butterfly who loves frolicking along the beach and is inseparable from her canine brother. Click here to read the full rescue story.
#1 – One lucky duck rescued from Gloucester Harbor
In February, a duck swimming in icy water found himself in a tangled mess. The brown and white aquatic bird was paddling through the harbor in Gloucester, MA when his feathers and feet suddenly became entangled in netting that had been floating nearby.
Dressed in head-to-toe ice suits, the ARL’s rescue services team carefully swam between small ice flows to reach the Eider who was almost 300-feet off-shore! The team successfully pulled the duck onto dry land, slowly but surely untangled his feathers from each piece of netting, and set him free!
It’s not too late to… DONATE NOW
The ARL doesn’t receive government or public funding to provide rescue services to animals in distress. Make a donation today to ensure domestic animals and wildlife get assistance when they need it most!
Visit arlboston.kintera.org/donate or click on the DONATE button below to make a donation to the Animal Rescue League of Boston!
FUN FACT: ARL’s rescue services team helped bring 104 cats stuck in trees to safety so far in 2015!
The Animal Rescue League of Boston’s rescue services team brings injured raccoon to safety in Berlin, MA
ARL’s rescue services team brought a raccoon in Berlin, MA to safety after being trapped on top of a high-voltage utility pole for 3 days!
Earlier this week, the ARL’s rescue services team was called in by the National Grid to help rescue a raccoon from the top of a utility pole in Berlin, Massachusetts.
Residents first noticed the injured raccoon perched on top of the high-voltage pole on Pleasant Street last Thursday and became increasingly worried with each day that he remained stuck up there .
Concerned neighbors began calling the National Grid, the Berlin police department, and posting pleas for help on social media. They even scattered bails of hay around the base of the utility pole to soften the fall, just in case the raccoon accidentally slipped.
After 3 days of being trapped with no end in sight, the ARL’s rescue services team was called in to help bring the injured raccoon to safety.
Click here to watch the Berlin raccoon rescue video, as covered by WHDH.com Channel 7 News.
As soon as the National Grid shut down the high-voltage power, the ARL crew quickly began their recovery effort. Using a boom lift to raise them to the top of the pole, ARL’s rescue services team carefully scooped the raccoon into a large net and brought him down to safety.
The Berlin raccoon, now safe, was transported to a local wildlife rehabilitation center for medical attention and recovery.
There was one additional scare, however! Once on the ground, the raccoon slipped out of the net and scampered away from the crowd and busy street. Fortunately, Danielle Genter on ARL’s rescue services team was able to outrun the injured raccoon and re-capture him in the net before safely placing him in a transport cage.
“The rescue went about as smooth as we’d hoped for, in a high traffic street,” said Danielle Genter.
Upon initial evaluation, the raccoon appeared to be injured and dehydrated. He was taken to a local wildlife rehabilitation center for immediate medical attention and recovery.
Berlin resident Karen Blakeney reached out to the ARL afterward with this note of gratitude:
“I wanted to thank everyone involved from your wonderful organization for rescuing the raccoon by my house in Berlin today. You did a truly outstanding job and the world is such a better place with people like you in it… Thank you again for the important work you do every day!”
A big THANK YOU to all of the concerned Berlin residents, the Berlin police department, and the National Grid for helping to bring an injured raccoon to safety!
For more information about ARL’s rescue services team, visit arlboston.org/rescue/
LEND A PAW and give animals like Oliver Twist the gift of love
It’s Day 4 of our Lend a Paw Match-a-thon!
There’s just two days left to make DOUBLE the difference for animals in need!
A generous anonymous donor will automatically match every dollar you donate to the ARL through November 10 — your donation will go even farther when you DONATE NOW!
Every day during our Match-a-thon, we’re featuring the stories of special animals who got a chance at a better life thanks to your support.
Yesterday, we share the story of Big B and today we would like you to….
Meet Oliver Twist
This photo was taken on the first day Oliver came to our Boston Shelter. This poor guy was clearly emaciated and needed immediate medical attention.
On a cold winter day, a FedEx driver named Jeff called the ARL after spotting a severely emaciated 6-month-old puppy shivering and wandering the streets along his delivery route.
The ARL’s Rescue Services Team immediately responded to the call, and worked to track down the puppy. They were stunned by what they found.
“We could see his bones jutting through his skin,” describes Danielle Genter, senior rescue technician at the ARL. “When we found him, he just stumbled over to us.”
At the ARL’s Boston shelter, the frail little pup received immediate medical attention along with the name Oliver Twist. On the Purina body condition scale a score of “9” is considered obese and “1” is extremely lean; Oliver scored less than 1. He was also diagnosed with a bacterial infection.
Over the next few weeks, Oliver’s condition stabilized. He was placed on a progressive re-feeding schedule and soon began to eat on his own. ARL veterinarians checked him daily to ensure that he was gaining the expected amount of weight and treated his infection. He also received lots of love and attention from shelter staff.
With special care and attention, Oliver was ready for a home just a few weeks after his rescue. After seeing Oliver’ story on the news, Billie Jean Nebesky and her daughter felt an instant connection with him. “We knew he needed us and we needed him,” said Nebesky.
They adopted him were happy to report that he has made himself completely at home and his favorite activity is to fetch big sticks in the woods near his home.
“If we sit down in a chair, Oliver will immediately join you and cuddle,” smiles his new mom. “He clearly knows he is part of our family.”
The ARL is the only animal welfare organization in the state with a rescue team trained to help animals in distress. The ARL does not receive any government or public funding for rescue services and relies entirely on supporters like you to provide animals like Oliver Twist with immediate assistance.
LEND A PAW TO HELP ANIMALS IN NEED!
On the left, Oliver during his initial medical exam at our Boston Shelter. On the right, Oliver and his new mom enjoying some snuggle time together!
Inspired by her cherished lab and goldens who offered many years of comfort and unconditional love to family and friends, an anonymous donor wants to lend a paw and will double every dollar donated to the Animal Rescue League of Boston during our Lend a Paw Match-a-Thon, November 5-10.
DOUBLE the difference you make for animals in need by making a donation during our Lend a Paw Match-a-thon! Click the photo to donate now.
Our goal is raise $6000 in six days—matched dollar-for-dollar by the anonymous donor for grand total of $12,000—to provide care and assistance to animals, when and where they need it most.
As a special thanks from Sephora… Donate $100 or more by midnight TOMORROW November 9, and you will automatically be entered to win a gift box from Sephora valued at over $300!
Click here or on the DONATE button below to make a donation to ARL’s Lend a Paw Match-a-thon!
THANK YOU to Sephora and everyone who has donated to the Lend A Paw Match-a-thon to help animals in need!