More than 80 animals were seized from a property in Solon on Tuesday after officials with the Maine Animal Welfare Department determined they were in need of medical care.
A search warrant was issued Tuesday morning as the department worked with local law enforcement to remove the animals, which are mostly dogs but include cats, chickens and two horses.
Department spokesman Jim Britt says a temporary emergency shelter has been set up in Dixfield, where the animals will receive evaluations and any necessary medical attention.
“All of the animals will be rescued today and transported to the emergency shelter and other shelters that are receiving some of the animals,” he says.
Thirteen animal welfare organizations across the state are helping provide volunteers and assistance.
Local animal shelters will be accepting donations to help with the care of the rescued animals. They are looking for items such as pads and blankets, towels, sheets, dog toys, cleaning supplies and dog food or treats.