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Dozens of animals rescued from illegal zoo in Ludlow

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DEDHAM, Mass. (WHDH) - Dozens of animals were rescued from what investigators are calling an illegal petting zoo.

The animals were seized over the weekend from a man who allegedly made money off of them but didn't care for them properly.

There are donkeys, mini donkeys, ponies, goats and sheep. The Animal Rescue League is working to nurse them back to health.  

In all, 35 animals were found at the unlicensed petting zoo in Ludlow. Twelve are getting care at the Animal Rescue League's Dedham facility.

The MSPCA has taken the lead on the investigation and they say the 43-year-old owner of the zoo faces serious charges.

“As of right now, I think they have charged him with 35 counts of cruelty,” said Ashley Harkins, ARL Boston shelter supervisor.

Officials say neighbors in Ludlow expressed concern for the animals and wondered how they might help. 

“It is to see it through, yes to. Take them from a not so great situation and improve their quality of life,” said Harkins.

The owner is being held on $10,000 cash bail for keeping animals in deplorable conditions.

The MSPCA says the man who owned these animals assaulted a couple of officers Friday night when the round-up came. He is charged with two counts on assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. His arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday in Palmer.

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