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UPDATE: Animals Rescued from Unlicensed Traveling Petting Zoo

Animals Rescued on 2/7 in Ludlow Getting Ready to Go Home


Monica, available for adoption!

We have an exciting update on the animals taken in by the Animal Rescue League of Boston on February 7 from an unlicensed traveling petting zoo in Ludlow, Massachusetts!

Read the details of the Ludlow rescue.

In their prior circumstances, the animals did not have adequate shelter and their previous owner has been charged with 36 alleged counts of animal cruelty.  The ARL’s rescue services team assisted the MSPCA in providing emergency transport and care for 12 of the 35 animals involved in this case.

Since arriving at the barn at our Dedham shelter, the Ludlow 12 – including standard donkeys, miniature donkeys, goats, sheep, and Shetland ponies – received medical attention, proper nutrition, and a visit from the farrier, a specialist in equine hoof care.

All have made terrific progress in their recovery.  Those with overgrown hooves learned to walk properly again and all began going out into the livestock paddock on sunny days.

Thanks to special TLC from shelter staff, the personalities of these gentle creatures started to shine through as they relaxed in their new environment.  With their friendly and cuddly ways, the standard donkeys, FORREST (pictured below) and JENNY, in particular have endeared themselves to all their visitors!

Late last month, their previous owner officially surrendered them to the Animal Rescue League of Boston and potential adopters began asking about them almost immediately.

Ross, available for adoption!

Ross, available for adoption!

You can view the Ludlow animals currently available for adoption on our website.

If you would like to contribute to the costs of medical care and food for these animals and others like them, please click the button below to make a contribution today!


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Forrest loves posing for the camera!

BREAKING NEWS: 35 Animals Rescued from Unlicensed Traveling Petting Zoo

ARL & MSPCA-Angell Combine Efforts to Rescue Cold, Sickly Animals

02-10-14 Ludlow Rescue PonyOn Friday, February 7, the Animal Rescue League of Boston and MSPCA-Angell joined forces to rescue 35 cold and emaciated animals from an unlicensed traveling petting zoo in Ludlow, Massachusetts.

According to the MSPCA, the majority of animals were underwieght.

The ARL’s Rescue Services team brought 12 of the rescued animals, including mini-donkeys, donkeys, ponies, sheep, and goats, to the organization’s Dedham Shelter for immediate care. The MSPCA-Angell’s Law Enforcement department transported the more severely emaciated and sickly animals including pigs and alpacas to the organization’s Nevins Farm facility.

Today, the MSPCA-Angell’s Law Enforcement department charged the animal’s owner Dean Manual of Ludlow with multiple counts of animal cruelty. Manual, 43, faces up to 36 counts of animal cruelty with additional pending charges for assaulting a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

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According staff at the Dedham shelter, the Ludlow 12 are settling in, though they have a long road to recovery ahead.  Some may require extensive and costly veterinary exams.

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Most Famous Goat in MA’s History Gives Birth

It’s two does and a buck born happy and healthy at the ARL’s Dedham Adoption Center

Serephina (the mom goat) right after she was rescued.

Seraphina (the mom goat) shortly after she was rescued.

Remember this little lady who roamed Billerica, MA back in August peering into office windows and prancing through backyards?  She even had her own hashtag on Twitter as folks around town snapped pictures and shared sighting locations when she made several unscheduled appearances.

Once the ARL’s Rescue Team got the call though, her end-of-summer walkabout was cut short.  The team swiftly and humanely rescued her and transported her safely to our Dedham Adoption Center.

Caregivers in Dedham soon realized they’d inadvertently cut short her babymoon, that one last vacation many expecting parents try squeeze in before welcoming a little bundle of joy.

Or, as in this goat’s case, three little bundles.

After several weeks of pampering, Seraphina gave birth to two does and a buck—a.k.a., two girls and a boy—last Sunday. The goats have been named after the characters from Three’s Company, Jack, Chrissy and Janet!

At their mother’s insistence, the little goats remain totally unaware of her notoriety.  They do, however, have some sense that they are totally adorable.

After at least eight weeks with mom, this threesome has a home waiting for them and, according to our Dedham adoption center, there’s some good prospects for their mother too.  After all, who wouldn’t want a goat who has her own hashtag?

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It’s All About the Goats!

Pepper and Pops, two wonderful Alpine/Nubian cross goats.

Since our Rescue Team saved a loose goat just yesterday, we thought we’d highlight two goats that have been waiting for a home at our Dedham location.

Pepper and Pops were picked up as strays running around New Hampshire and were brought to the MSPCA.  From there, they made their way to us here at the League’s Dedham location.  Oftentimes we work together with the MSPCA to help with placement of various Livestock Animals.

Not much is known about their history, though we estimate their ages to be about 6 years old.  They are an incredibly bonded pair (we don’t know what Pepper would do without Pops!) so we would love to see them go home together.

08-15 GoatBoth goats would do a lovely job of clearing any brush in your yard or pasture.  They like the brush as opposed to grass, so would also do well as companion animals to other livestock animals who prefer grass.  They will both come up to you in the pasture for grain and treats.

Pops tends to be the friendlier of the two and doesn’t mind a good scratching.

Pepper is a little more reserved.  They both have horns, but have never shown any aggression towards people who work around them.

We feel they would do best in a home with other horned goats or similar sizes.  They are currently up to date on all vaccines.

If you are interested in learning more about this amazing pair, please call the shelter at 781-326-0729 or e-mail at aarseneau@arlboston.orgPlease note that for any livestock adoption, we require photo’s of your fencing and shelter in advance to ensure it is adequate to house goats.  You will also want to check with your town’s office in regards to permitting and zoning laws regarding livestock animals.