Westport farmers meet with police for update on animal cruelty investigation

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WESTPORT, Mass. (WPRI) — Police said Wednesday there are still more than 950 animals on a squalid farm property off of American Legion Highway in Westport.

Farmers met with police Wednesday night to get an update on the investigation. According to officials, the land is still considered a crime scene.

The 70-acre property has been subject to a police investigation for the past week – after police found hundreds of animals living in horrible, inhumane conditions. The parcel of land is broken into chunks and was sub-let to people. While some lots were in good condition, police said, others were not well-kept. The entire area is now considered to be a biohazard.

Police said they are still walking through each lot looking for inadequacies.

According to police, all 21 farmers and the owner of the land are currently being investigated.

“In a couple of cases, we had consultants who came in who are farmers and said, ‘some of these people belong in jail.’ That’s how bad the situation is down there compared to what a legitimate farmer would be doing,” said Det. Jeff Majewski of the Westport Police Department.

So far, no arrests have been made. Police say they still do not know when the issue will be resolved.

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