top of page

ASPCA blog post on West Place!

Updated: Sep 10, 2021

We were happy to hear from the ASPCA when they reached out to us...and it wasn't for another cruelty case or request to take in more animals. This time, it was just to see how all of the rescues from the Westport Case were doing. And we were more than happy to fill them in. Below is an excerpt from the blog post and magazine article about the update. For the entire article, click here.


September 18, 2019

Beginning in late July 2016, the ASPCA assisted in a cruelty case that would prove to be the largest-ever farm animal cruelty case in the Northeast. Close to 1,400 animals had been discovered living in deplorable and unsafe conditions on a 70-acre property in Westport, Massachusetts, that summer. Over the following few months, we helped with the removal, care and placement of hundreds of the ailing animals with support from our incredible rescue partners across the country and the local community in Westport. We are pleased to announce that in June 2019, 13 individuals charged in this case were sentenced to various legal requirements including probation, community service and a restriction on animal possession. In addition, 11 remaining defendants have upcoming trials currently scheduled.  

Many of the animals suffered from lack of simple resources such as food and water, but as they were placed with trusted rescues, they were given chances to start new journeys and safe, comfortable lives.

Shaw and Colby are now enjoying life at West Place Animal Sanctuary in Rhode Island.

West Place Animal Sanctuary also saw some inspiring transformations with animals from this case. Shaw and Colby, two sheep who were rescued, are loving their home at West Place, where they have eight beautiful acres to roam and almost 70 volunteers to shower them with love and affection.

Maggie and Sadie have come a long way in their recovery and now live happy lives at West Place Animal Sanctuary. Similarly, Maggie and Sadie were two goats that arrived at West Place after being rescued. Sadie suffered from bilateral conjunctivitis, pneumonia and a respiratory infection amongst other concerns. She was on medications for months while she healed and is now doing great and is very healthy! Like all the animals brought to us from that case, Maggie and Sadie love their forever home and all their animal and human friends!

Though [] Shaw, Colby, Maggie and Sadie are just some of the hundreds who were affected by cruelty in this case, their stories speak to the journeys of so many who have been healing these past three years.

While so many of the animals from this case were once suffering, stories like these remind us why we continue to fight to protect and care for animals in need—to provide second chances at happy endings. We are so thankful to the many partners that helped to care for and rehabilitate so many of these farm animals, and the future continues to look bright for so many that were once in need.


bottom of page