NEWS: 199 Animals Taken from Lynnfield Hoarding House

ARL helping rescued animals recover from neglect and find new homes

At the end of February, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) partnered with MSPCA-Angell to remove 199 animals from a home in Lynnfield, Massachusetts.

In one of the largest hoarding situations the ARL has responded to in recent years, a wide range of species including dogs, cats, birds, and reptiles lived in unsanitary conditions, stacked in cages and crates in different areas of the home.  All of the animals were voluntarily surrendered to the ARL and MSPCA-Angell.

After the ARL’s Rescue Services team removed animals from the home, the team brought 60 to our Boston shelter for emergency medical care.  According to Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, vice president of animal welfare at the ARL, many of the animals had serious health issues resulting from neglect.

“When people suffer from the complex psychological conditions that lead to animal hoarding, they become overwhelmed with caring for all the animals they accumulate,” explains Dr. Smith-Blackmore.

“In hoarding situations, both the owner and the animals need help.  If you see something that suggests an animal hoarding situation, say something to your local authorities.”

Working together, our veterinary and shelter staff mobilized a temporary isolation area for the cats requiring long-term medical treatment and found places for them at the Pat Brody Shelter for Cats in Lunenburg, where they will continue to receive rehabilitative care.  The ARL also asked Jabberwock Reptiles in Winchester, for assistance taking in the reptiles recovered from the home, including sickly blue-tongued skinks and snakes.

The 6 dogs and 13 birds remaining at the ARL’s shelters continue to make progress in their recovery.  Broadway Dog Spa in South Boston generously donated grooming services and the Boston shelter has already begun to identify potential adopters for the shy, but very sweet dogs.

All three of our shelters have taken in the birds.  Staff members are getting to know their unique personalities, while providing proper nutrition and care.

If you would like to help these animals and others like them recover from neglect, click the green button below to make a donation.

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Danielle Genter, senior rescue technician at the ARL, comforts one of the dogs removed from a hoarding situation in Lynnfield, MA, at the end of February.

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The coats of the dogs were so overgrown that most of them could barely see.

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It appears that this dog, removed from the Lynnfield home, was living in very unsanitary conditions. His coat was filthy.

 

 

 

199 Animals Removed From Lynnfield Home

Animal Rescue League of Boston and MSPCA-Angell partner in response to large-scale hoarding situation

MEDIA AVAIL: Monday, March 10, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, ARLBoston’s Boston Shelter, 10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA

Boston, MA – At the end of February, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) partnered with MSPCA-Angell to remove 199 animals from a home in Lynnfield, Massachusetts.

In one of the largest hoarding situations the ARL has responded to in recent years, a wide range of species including dogs, cats, birds, and reptiles lived in unsanitary conditions, stacked in cages and crates in different areas of the home.  All of the animals were voluntarily surrendered to the ARL and MSPCA-Angell.

After the ARL’s Rescue Services team removed animals from the home, 60 came to the organization’s Boston shelter.  According to Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore, vice president of animal welfare at the ARL and a member of the veterinary response team that provided medical care to the animals as they arrived at the shelter, many had serious health issues resulting from neglect.

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Danielle Genter, senior rescue technician at the ARL, comforts one of the dogs removed from a hoarding situation in Lynnfield, MA, at the end of February.

“When people suffer from the complex psychological conditions that lead to animal hoarding, they become overwhelmed with caring for all the animals they accumulate,” explains Dr. Smith-Blackmore.

“In hoarding situations, both the owner and the animals need help.  If you see something that suggests an animal hoarding situation, say something to your local authorities.”

The ARL’s veterinary and shelter staff mobilized a temporary isolation area for the cats requiring long-term medical treatment and found places for them at the Pat Brody Shelter for Cats in Lunenburg, where they will continue to receive rehabilitative care.  The ARL also asked Jabberwock Reptiles in Winchester for assistance taking in the reptiles rescued from the home, including sickly blue-tongued skinks and snakes.

The 6 dogs and 13 birds remaining at the ARL’s shelters continue to make progress in their recovery.  The Boston shelter has already begun to identify potential adopters for the shy, but very sweet dogs.

The ARL encourages anyone looking to help these animals and others like them recover from neglect to visit arlboston.org for more information.

About the Animal Rescue League of Boston

Founded in 1899, the ARL is dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect.  In 2013, the ARL served over 14,000 individual animals through our shelters in Boston, Brewster, and Dedham, and our law enforcement, rescue, and veterinary services.  The ARL receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters to help animals in need.

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Monday, March 10
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Animal Rescue League of Boston
Boston Animal Shelter
10 Chandler Street
Boston, MA

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UPDATE: Animals Rescued from Unlicensed Traveling Petting Zoo

Animals Rescued on 2/7 in Ludlow Getting Ready to Go Home

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Monica, available for adoption!

We have an exciting update on the animals taken in by the Animal Rescue League of Boston on February 7 from an unlicensed traveling petting zoo in Ludlow, Massachusetts!

Read the details of the Ludlow rescue.

In their prior circumstances, the animals did not have adequate shelter and their previous owner has been charged with 36 alleged counts of animal cruelty.  The ARL’s rescue services team assisted the MSPCA in providing emergency transport and care for 12 of the 35 animals involved in this case.

Since arriving at the barn at our Dedham shelter, the Ludlow 12 – including standard donkeys, miniature donkeys, goats, sheep, and Shetland ponies – received medical attention, proper nutrition, and a visit from the farrier, a specialist in equine hoof care.

All have made terrific progress in their recovery.  Those with overgrown hooves learned to walk properly again and all began going out into the livestock paddock on sunny days.

Thanks to special TLC from shelter staff, the personalities of these gentle creatures started to shine through as they relaxed in their new environment.  With their friendly and cuddly ways, the standard donkeys, FORREST (pictured below) and JENNY, in particular have endeared themselves to all their visitors!

Late last month, their previous owner officially surrendered them to the Animal Rescue League of Boston and potential adopters began asking about them almost immediately.

Ross, available for adoption!

Ross, available for adoption!

You can view the Ludlow animals currently available for adoption on our website.

If you would like to contribute to the costs of medical care and food for these animals and others like them, please click the button below to make a contribution today!

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Forrest loves posing for the camera!

 

35 Farm Animals Rescued from Unlicensed Traveling Petting Zoo

Animal Rescue League of Boston and MSPCA-Angell Work Together to Rescue Sickly Animals from the Cold

MEDIA AVAIL: Tuesday, February 11, 11 am – 12: 30 pm, ARLBoston’s Dedham Shelter, 55 Anna’s Place, Dedham, MA

Boston, MA – Over the weekend, the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) and MSPCA-Angell worked together to rescue 35 cold and emaciated animals from an unlicensed petting zoo in Ludlow, Massachusetts.

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ARL Rescue Services Manager Brian O’Connor carries one of 12 animals rescued from an unlicensed traveling petting zoo in Ludlow, MA, on Friday evening.

The ARL’s Rescue Services team brought 12 of the rescued animals, including mini-donkeys, donkeys, ponies, sheep, and goats, to the organization’s Dedham Shelter for immediate care. The MSPCA-Angell’s Law Enforcement department transported the more severely emaciated and sickly animals including pigs and alpacas to the organization’s Nevins Farm facility.

On Monday, the MSPCA-Angell’s Law Enforcement department charged the animal’s owner Dean Manual of Ludlow with multiple counts of animal cruelty. Manual, 43, faces up to 36 counts of animal cruelty with additional pending charges for assaulting a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

As the ARL and MSPCA-Angell tended to the animals on Friday evening in Ludlow, many neighbors expressed concern for the health of the animals and asked for information about contributing to their care.

The organizations encourage anyone looking to help these animals and others like them recover from cruel living conditions to visit arlboston.org or MSPCA.org for more information.

Since their arrival, the animals at the ARL’s Dedham facility have received proper hydration, nutrition, and veterinary care.   Shelter staff report all 12 continue to rest and recover from living in cruel conditions.

About the Animal Rescue League of Boston

Founded in 1899, the ARL is dedicated to rescuing domesticated animals and wildlife from suffering, cruelty, abandonment, and neglect. The ARL receives no government funding and relies solely on the generosity of supporters to help animals in need.

About the MSPCA-Angell

The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions from individuals who care about animals.

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Tuesday, February 11
11 am – 12: 30 pm
Animal Rescue League of Boston
Dedham Animal Shelter
55 Anna’s Place
Dedham, MA

 

 

BREAKING NEWS: 35 Animals Rescued from Unlicensed Traveling Petting Zoo

ARL & MSPCA-Angell Combine Efforts to Rescue Cold, Sickly Animals

02-10-14 Ludlow Rescue PonyOn Friday, February 7, the Animal Rescue League of Boston and MSPCA-Angell joined forces to rescue 35 cold and emaciated animals from an unlicensed traveling petting zoo in Ludlow, Massachusetts.

According to the MSPCA, the majority of animals were underwieght.

The ARL’s Rescue Services team brought 12 of the rescued animals, including mini-donkeys, donkeys, ponies, sheep, and goats, to the organization’s Dedham Shelter for immediate care. The MSPCA-Angell’s Law Enforcement department transported the more severely emaciated and sickly animals including pigs and alpacas to the organization’s Nevins Farm facility.

Today, the MSPCA-Angell’s Law Enforcement department charged the animal’s owner Dean Manual of Ludlow with multiple counts of animal cruelty. Manual, 43, faces up to 36 counts of animal cruelty with additional pending charges for assaulting a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

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According staff at the Dedham shelter, the Ludlow 12 are settling in, though they have a long road to recovery ahead.  Some may require extensive and costly veterinary exams.

Help these animals and others like them as they recover from cruel living conditions. Click the button below to make a contribution today!

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Baba Ganoush: How a Rescue Dog Became a Soul Mate

Heartfelt Update from Baba Ganoush’s New Family

One of 162 animals rescued by the ARL from a home in Plymouth, MA, Baba Ganoush (formerly known as P1) must have had a pretty rough life. When he came to our Dedham shelter, this handsome bulldog suffered from numerous skin conditions and allergies, as well as depression.

He spent almost a year in foster care before he began the long search for that perfect family. A dog who may have seemed hard to love due to his many medical issues and tragic past would need to find the right family and with much patience, he did. Now after almost six months in his new home, Baba Ganoush, aka Hoobie, is sharing his love with everyone he meets.

Read the update from his new mom to see why the love of a rescue dog is all you need:

IMG_1318“When I walked in [to the Dedham shelter] and turned that corner (P1 was the last kennel to the left on the right side), there he was and I was instantly in love. At that moment I just knew. It sounds crazy but I just knew he was meant to be a part of our family. I didn’t care that he had warts, smelly ears, allergies and was old. He was it.

He is so loveable and kind and everyone who meets him just gravitates to him.

People will stop me everywhere to ask to pet him and ask questions about him. He truly has a healing soul.  I have many friends who just ask to sit with him for a little bit to make them feel better. He’s also so good with all the small kids in my life.

We call him “Hoobie” as a nick name, I don’t know why.  All my pets have their “real” name and then a nickname, so those are his.

He has become a little bit of a hoarder. He steals my clothes and puts them in his bed.  He doesn’t eat them of chew on them, I guess he just wants something of mine.  If I’m ever missing my favorite sweater or a shoe, it usually is in Hoobie’s bed.

He is very good to his “little” sister, Rory. She gets jealous a lot that he gets a lot of attention especially from guests and he just moves over and makes room for her.  He has also taught her how to play again – she stopped playing with toys when she was around two.  Now she is right back into it which is really nice. They motivate each other.

We go to this off-leash dog park a lot and he walks right by my side, doesn’t wander at all.

He is truly my buddy. He follows me everywhere, and whimpers for me when he can’t find me.  No offense to my husband, but I feel like he is my soul mate, and I think you’d feel a kindred spirit with him too.” – Aimee

If Baba Ganoush makes you want to “spread the love” this Valentines day, visit arlboston.org/spreadthelove to see how you can help shelter pets find this kind of love. After all, doesn’t each and every animal deserve to find a soul mate?

 

 

See What ARL Rescue Does in 90 Mins or Less

NECN’s Ally Donnelly Reports: When Temps Drop ARL Suits Up

The New England Cable News Network (NECN) hopped on our Rescue Truck yesterday for an exciting afternoon of cold weather rescues.

In just under 90 minutes, a turkey with a broken wing from Malden, a swan frozen to the ice from Stoughton, and an abandoned cat found shivering on a farm in Dover were brought into the ARL.

With the recent abundance of cold weather snaps our Rescue Team has been extremely busy and we’re grateful to NECN for coming along for the ride and sharing the work of the ARL.

Watch Ally Donnelly’s report by clicking the video below!

 

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ARL Rescue Team Saves Gull Frozen to Ice

 

Stranded Gull Saved in Lowell Thanks to ARL Rescue Team

Talk about cold feet! On January 9 the ARL’s Rescue Services Team received a call from Lowell Animal Control for assistance with a seagull that was frozen to the ice on the Merrimack River in Lowell. Our expert team assessed the situation and determined that this poor gull could be saved. They suited up in their cold water immersion suits (just in case) and headed out onto the ice to rescue the gull. Once they reached the gull, they carefully freed some of its frozen feathers from the ice surface. The gull was brought back to our shelter for an initial assessment and later brought to a wildlife rehabilitation facility.

Watch the cold weather rescue video below:

These types of rescues are only possible through the generous support of people like you. The ARL receives no government funding, so please donate today and help us save more animals at arlboston.org/donate.

 

Top 5 Animal Rescues of 2013

Celebrating the happy endings for domestic animals and wildlife!

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) is the only animal welfare organization in Massachusetts that has an entire department dedicated to rescuing animals from a variety of emergency situations.  Domestic animals and wildlife can get trapped, displaced, injured, or otherwise distressed anywhere at any time of day, and our Rescue Services team is trained to help animals in need as quickly as possible.

The team had their work cut out for them last year!  They answered calls from local authorities, concerned community members, and pet owners.  They helps dogs and cats; deer and squirrels; geese and pigeons; goats and swans…Let’s just say they could give Noah and his ark a run for his money!

From the 4,426 rescue activities completed in 2013, five stories topped the list of happiest endings for the animals involved:

Happy Ending #1: Seraphina and her Three’s Company crowd

11-14 Billerica Goat Baby PhotoPerhaps the most famous goat in Massachusetts history, Seraphina roamed the yards and business parks of Billerica during the later summer.  Read the full rescue story

While staying at our Dedham adoption center, Seraphina gave birth to two does and a buck—a.k.a., two girls and a boy—in November. Named after the characters from Three’s Company, Jack, Chrissy and Janet have grown by leaps and bounds.  In the next couple of weeks Chrissy and Janet will go together to their new home; Seraphina and Jack will stay together and head to their new pad(dock)

Happy Ending #2: Goose with arrow through the head

Goose BEFORE.

Concerned citizens called on the Rescue Services team in early August after spotting a Canada Goose at a pond near Ellis Haven Campground in Plymouth with an archery arrow through its head. Read the full rescue story

After three and a half weeks of rehabilitative care, as well as medication and nutritional support, the goose was returned back to his pond to the joy of his mate and goslings.

Happy Ending #3: Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist. Now healthy and strong.

Oliver Twist. Now healthy and strong.

Early in the spring, a kind FedEx driver named Jeff called the Rescue Services team after spotting a severely emaciated puppy shivering in the cold and wandering the streets along his delivery route in Boston.  After rescuing the poor dog, the team brought the severely emaciate and neglected puppy to the Boston adoption center for medical treatment and care.  Read the full rescue story

With special care and attention, the puppy dubbed “Oliver Twist” was ready to go home with his new family.  Today Oliver is thriving, and enjoys fetching big sticks in the woods nearby his home.

Happy Ending #4: Coyote stuck in foundation

Construction workers called in the Rescue Services team after they returned to their Billerica work site to find a coyote trapped within the four walls of the foundation they had poured a couple days prior.  The coyote appeared unharmed, yet stressed as it tried unsuccessfully to climb out. 

The team humanely netted the coyote and lifted him out to safety.  Almost immediately, the coyote dashed off into the surrounding woods.  Watch the entire rescue in the video below:  

Happy Ending #5: Philbert

Perhaps the happiest ending to the year, Philbert the cat finished his quarantine time on Christmas Day!’

Photo: Amelia Hughes

Photo: Amelia Hughes

In late June, Athol animal control placed an emergency call to the Rescue team for immediate assistance with a the stray cat found under a porch with an illegal leghold trap clamped to one of his legs.  Read the full rescue story

Though he lost his leg as a result of his ordeal, Philbert’s affectionate personality has shined through and he’s a very happy man these days.  We will continue to provide updates on his on-going recovery!

 

Extreme Cold Leads to Stranded Loon

ARL Rescue Team Takes to the Ice to Save Loon

On January 4 our Rescue Team received several phone calls about a loon in distress on the Mystic River. You might think it strange that a bird would be stranded on the ice, but loons especially require a lot of water to take off into flight. When a body of water is frozen they can become trapped on the ice. We headed over to the scene and our Rescue Services Manager, Brian, got to work on saving the loon.

This guy wasn’t easy to catch. He kept trying to escape the net and once caught, it was clear that he still had some fight left in him – after he tried to bite Brian every step of the way.

We brought the loon over to Tufts Wildlife Clinic where he is receiving TLC while awaiting surgery. We hope this beautiful bird makes a full recovery!

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Photo: Marj

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Photo: Marj