Police: Animals to be moved off Westport farm on Tuesday

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WESTPORT, Mass. (WPRI) — Members of the ASPCA will begin to move the hundreds of animals remaining on a squalid Westport farm on Tuesday, Eyewitness News has learned.

Officials say the process is expected to take several days and the animals will be taken to a temporary shelter. Police are not disclosing the exact location of where the animals will go but say it is close by.

The town’s Board of Selectmen met in executive session on Monday. Eyewitness News cameras were not allowed inside, but we were told officials are discussing a temporary license that’s needed between the owner of the land where the animals are headed and the town.

Det. Sergeant Tony Cestodio, who has been spearheading the investigation, said he could not comment on what was discussed behind closed doors. But he did give an update on how the animals are doing.

“Through the help of the ASPCA, the conditions have improved greatly, the animals are very happy that they’re being fed and watered on a regular basis,” he said. “Their needs are being met. It’s an incredible difference as far as the welfare of the animals and we’re going to continue on working them even better.”

According to police, felony charges are possible and about two dozen people are being investigated after the animals were found living in horrible conditions on a 70-acre farm property off of American Legion Highway.

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