Animals in cruelty case recuperating

Donkeys seized during an MSPCA raid of a Ludlow property are seen here grazing at the Animal Rescue League of Boston's shelter in Dedham.

DEDHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Twelve animals are recovering at an Animal Rescue League of Boston shelter, days after they were seized as part of an animal cruelty investigation out of Ludlow.

MSPCA Law Enforcement took the animals from Dean Manuel’s Sroka Lane property Friday night. MSPCA officer Christine Allenberg said that the animals were living with minimal shelter, no food, and no running water.

The animals, which include ponies, goats, donkeys, and sheep, are now recuperating at the League’s facility in Dedham, just south of Boston. They were brought in on Friday night, and slept for the first few days. Now, they are recovering with food, and resting on a warm bed of hay.

Other animals seized from Manuel’s property, including horses, alpacas, ducks, and an emu, are being treated at an MSPCA facility in Methuen. Animal Rescue League supervisor Ashley Harkins explained that the animals that were sent to Methuen were in worse condition than the ones brought to Dedham.

“The ones that we have here are the ones that are a little more better off, and the ones at the MSPCA are the ones that are more in dire need of the medical attention,” Harkins said.

Manuel was arraigned in Palmer District Court Monday on multiple counts of cruelty to animals, as well as resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer.

He is being held without bail pending a competency hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

The animals are considered part of the case , so they will be held at the shelters. That is going to put a strain on shelter resources. If you would like to help these agencies, you can visit their websites at or

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