Police: Hundreds of dead, injured animals found on property

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Posted: Jul 20, 2016 1:14 AM

WESTPORT, Mass. (AP) — Police say officers have discovered hundreds of dead and injured animals, makeshift cabins, burning trash and illegal stoves on a 70-acre property in Massachusetts.

Police say Westport and Dartmouth officers searched a portion of the Westport land on Tuesday and found three goats that had to be euthanized, dead sheep and several other sick or injured farm animals in "deplorable conditions."

Authorities say the investigation started last week after a man reported that his goats had been attacked by two Rottweilers. The dogs had been found in poor condition after escaping an "unsanitary enclosure."

Police identified the owner but declined to say Tuesday whether he or anyone else will face criminal charges.

Police say a similar situation was found on the same property in 2010.