Articles Tagged with: law enforcement
Court Prohibits Owner of Westport Property Farm


In July of this year, ARL’s Law Enforcement team, staff, and volunteers, along with other humane organizations and law enforcement departments, went to the aid of and helped remove more than 1,400 animals living in deplorable conditions on a 70-acre property located at 465 American Legion Road in Westport, MA.

Dog at Westport scene

Last month, many people were dismayed to learn that farm animals were being reintroduced to that same property.

Fortunately, on November 9, 2016, Superior Court Justice Renee Dupuis issued an Order which, for the time being, prohibits Medeiros from returning any animals to the property and orders him to remove any animals owned by him from the property.

To the extent that Medeiros has authority over third parties using the property, animals belonging to the third parties cannot be returned and any animals on the property now must be removed.

The Court further ordered that Medeiros allow the Westport Animal Inspector access to inspect the animals; retain a pest control expert to address the need for rat control; retain a disposal service to address the issues of “solid waste” removal; and prohibits the use of all structures on the property.

The Court will hold a further hearing on December 7, 2016.

Breaking News: Severely Matted Dog Rescued in Westport, MA

ARL & Westport Police Seeking Public’s Help with Information

DO YOU RECOGNIZE THIS DOG? Contact the Westport Police Department at  (508) 636-1122 or the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Law Enforcement Department at (617) 226-5610.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) and the Westport Police Department need the public’s assistance with information about a severely matted dog found roaming the area of Sanford Road and Milk Avenue in Westport, Massachusetts on Sunday, June 5.

Watch Jersey’s story, as reported by Fox 25.

matted dog

Severely matted dog “Jersey” was found wandering the area of Sanford Road and Milk Avenue on Sunday, June 5.

The ARL was called to assist local authorities with the care and investigation of the animal. The severely matted dog, now known as “Jersey”, had no collar, markings or identification. She is estimated to be an 8-year-old female Brussels Griffin mix. Scroll to the bottom to watch her video.  

Jersey is in severe condition and will undergo enucleation surgery on Friday, June 10, rendering her permanently blind. She will also have bladder stones removed and some significant dental treatments.

She is being cared for at the ARL’s Boston shelter. Jersey’s extensive medical treatments will cost between $3,000-$4,000.

While there may be many circumstances that led to the animal being lost or abandoned, the Westport Police is seeking any information that helps to find her owner(s) or other individuals that have a connection to this animal.

The public is encouraged to contact the Westport Police Department directly at (508) 636-1122 or the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Law Enforcement Department at (617) 226-5610.

Lend a Paw to Wilson!

LEND A PAW and give animals like Wilson the gift of comfort

It’s Day 5 of our Lend a Paw Match-a-thon!

There’s just one day left to make DOUBLE the difference for animals in need!

A generous anonymous donor will automatically match every dollar you donate to the ARL through November 10 — your gift will go even farther when you DONATE NOW!

Every day during our Match-a-thon, we’re featuring the stories of special animals who got a chance at a better life thanks to your support.

Yesterday, we shared the story of Oliver Twist and today we would like you to….

Meet Wilson

A close-up of Wilson's paw while in the trap and after it had been treated by emergency and ARL veterinarians.

A close-up of Wilson’s paw while in the trap and after it had been treated by emergency and ARL veterinarians.

This past summer, a concerned citizen spotted a 6-year-old stray orange and white cat struggling with a heavy contraption attached to his right leg. Officials later identified the metal object as an illegal steel leghold trap.

The injured cat, later named Wilson, was rushed to Mass-RI Veterinary ER animal hospital in Swansea. Although his right leg was freed from the steel leghold trap, veterinarians observed that Wilson’s front paw was incredibly swollen with superficial wounds and that he couldn’t move his right leg properly.

Westport animal control and police department immediately contacted the ARL’s law enforcement team to ask for assistance investigating Wilson’s case, as well as help with his veterinary expenses and finding him a permanent home.

A few days later, Wilson arrived at the ARL’s Boston shelter to begin his long road to recovery. The shelter staff and veterinarians worked with Wilson daily to mend his wounds and get him back up on his feet.

Miraculously, just a few days after his ordeal, the swelling in Wilson’s right paw was almost completely gone and he had only a faint limp when he walked.  More often animals suffer amputations and even death as a result of becoming trapped in this illegal hunting device putting domesticated animals and wildlife at risk.

After spending just over two months in ARL’s Boston shelter, Wilson was completed healed and adopted by his new family.

Today, Wilson is a happy and healthy kitty loving life in his new home!

Animals in need like Wilson count on supporters like you to get the emergency assistance they need! The ARL does not receive any government or public funding, so we rely entirely on donations to provide these critical services to animals.


leghold trap

Wilson has made himself right at home with his new family!

Inspired by her cherished lab and goldens who offered many years of comfort and unconditional love to family and friends, an anonymous donor wants to lend a paw and will double every dollar donated to the Animal Rescue League of Boston during our Lend a Paw Match-a-Thon, November 5-10.

Our goal is raise $6000 in six days—matched dollar-for-dollar by the anonymous donor for grand total of $12,000—to provide care and assistance to animals, when and where they need it most.


As a special thanks from Sephora… Donate $100 or more by midnight TODAY, November 9, and you will automatically be entered to win a gift box from Sephora valued at over $300!

Click here or on the DONATE button below to make a donation to ARL’s Lend a Paw Match-a-thon!


THANK YOU to Sephora and everyone who has donated to the Lend A Paw Match-a-thon to help animals in need!

Lt. Borgal on the Link Between Animal Cruelty and Community Violence [VIDEO]

As a reminder that April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month, today we’re sharing a video featuring Lt. Alan Borgal, director of the ARL’s Center for Animal Protection. Lt. Borgal emphasizes the link between cruelty to animals and family and community violence and encourages you to contact local authorities if you suspect animal cruelty or neglect. Remember YOU can give a voice to the victims of animal cruelty, if when you see something, you say something!

A very special thanks to GreatGrandPaws for producing the video for us!

You can give a voice to the victims of animal cruelty. Learn more at arlboston.org/take-action

Download our flyer on how to spot potential signs of animal cruelty.

The ARL and Cruelty Prevention

How We Give A Voice to the Victims of Animal Cruelty

Ollie, one of the original Middleboro Puppies who has already been adopted! (Photo: Amelia Hughes)

Ollie, one of the original Middleboro Puppies who has already been adopted! (Photo: Amelia Hughes)

The public and media attention to the recent cases of Puppy Doe, Kitty, and the Middleboro puppies has shined a light on the issue of animal cruelty, and many are calling for tougher laws.

We wholeheartedly endorse legislation that helps to protect animals in Massachusetts to the level that they deserve. Heightened awareness of penalties not only helps reduce the number of tragic cases of animal suffering, but also moves us closer to a more just and humane society where both people and animals are valued.

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys released a strong statement of principles regarding the prosecution of animal cruelty crimes which we applaud.

Now some of our readers might be thinking, that’s all well and good, but what exactly does the ARL do about it?

First, we can tell you that we meet with elected officials and legislators at the local and state level to help them understand and craft animal welfare policies and laws.   Members of our staff attend and testify at public hearings as different legislative committees and state agencies review practices, policies, and laws.

We also actively collaborate with the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Massachusetts District Attorney’s Association and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in pursuit of legislation that advances animal welfare and protection.

To further influence positive change for animals in our state, we also work with organizations and agencies such as Massachusetts Animal Coalition, the Department of Agriculture, and the Animal Control Officers of Massachusetts on a variety of animal welfare issues.

Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore

Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore

By way of specifics on our legislative and policy work…..

  • The ARL’s Dr. Martha Smith-Blackmore serves as the chair elect of the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee.  This committee makes policy recommendations for issues related to animals on a national level and influences national animal welfare law and practices by working closely with federal agencies such as the USDA, APHIS, and others.
  • We have prepared a friend of the court brief in conjunction with Animal Legal Defense Fund for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the state’s highest court Massachusetts, in support of granting police the ability to enter a property without a search warrant if they believe any animals are in immediate danger. A hearing will be held at the SJC on December 3rd.
  • The ARL also participated in the development and passage of the Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Act (HAPCA), the tax check off that will help to provide training to Animal Control Officers in Massachusetts to advance the level of humane care of animals.  The HAPCA also supports the spaying and neutering of homeless animals and animals owned people of limited economic means in the state.

Learn more by visiting arlboston.org/take-action


UPDATE: Severely Neglected Puppy Found

04-03/2013 UPDATE On Oliver The Severely Neglected Puppy

Oliver receives a bath.

Oliver receives a bath.

Oliver’s condition has stabilized. He spent the night at our Boston shelter and was treated for a skin infection. He is on a progressive re-feeding schedule and is eating on his own. He’s also getting lots of love and attention from our staff. For now, we do not know how long his road to recovery will take.

Please consider a gift to help Oliver today!

As you can imagine, there has been a great deal of interest in Oliver, and there is already a long list of potential adopters. Please call our adoption line to speak with an adoption agent about putting your name on the list or feel free to visit our website to see all of the amazing dogs we currently have available for adoption! Your support is much appreciated.

04-03/2013 Breaking News: Severely Neglected Puppy Found

The Animal Rescue League of Boston is requesting your help regarding the severe neglect and abuse experienced by a 5-6 month-old puppy found shivering in Dorchester late this morning by a FedEx driver. The League’s Rescue Service Team responded and found the dog, who has been named Oliver Twist.


The frail puppy approached our Rescue team when they called to him as if he knew they were there to help. Due to the severity of Oliver’s condition they rushed him to the League’s Boston shelter for immediate medical attention.

Oliver is severely emaciated – lacking fat and muscle, his bones jut through his skin. On the Purina body condition scale in which 9 is obese and 1 is extremely emaciated – Oliver scored less than 1. In addition, Oliver was covered is his own urine and feces, had overgrown nails and was diagnosed with a bacterial infection.

Oliver1We need your help! If anyone has any information regarding the severe neglect and cruelty toward Oliver please call our Anti-Cruelty Law Enforcement Department at 617.226.5610.

“April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, and this case is a perfect example of why we must come together as a community to prevent abuse of helpless animals,” said League President Mary Nee.

Please consider a gift to help Oliver today!

Our rescue and law enforcement teams receive no government funding – We rely entirely on the support of people like you.

With your help, the Animal Rescue League of Boston can end animal cruelty, abandonment and neglect. This is a large promise but it has been our mission since 1899.

Our promise-we will put your dollars to work immediately to end the suffering of animals like Oliver.