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Animals confiscated from Ludlow farm

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A Ludlow man is facing charges after police say he neglected alpacas, donkeys and other animals at his property on Sroka Lane.

Police began receiving complaints from neighbors in December and were finally able to obtain a search warrant Friday morning for the farm.

Alpacas, sheep, goats, ducks, geese, donkeys, ponies and potbelly pigs were being housed at the farm since at least October 2013 with no food or running water on the premises.

About a half dozen MSPCA trailers were seen leaving the farm Friday evening, removing all animals from the property owned by Dean Manuel, 40.

MSPCA Law Enforcement Officer Christine Allenberg said Manuel was operating an unlicensed petting zoo.

"In the state of Massachusetts, any traveling animal show for profit has to have a license from the Department of Agriculture and he did not have one," explained Allenberg.

After months of receiving complaints from neighbors about poorly treated animals, some even breaking through fences and running loose, police obtained a search warrant.

"There was no food on the premises for the animals and there was no water. There is no running water on the property," said Allenberg.

A majority of the animals are facing life-threatening injuries.

Allenberg said one alpaca was so sick, it could not even stand on its own legs.

"Every animal cruelty in my opinion is egregious because every animal is different, every animal suffers and every animal feels pain, so every case to me, is an important one," said Allenberg.

The animals are being held at an MSPCA facility.

The Animal Rescue League of Boston is also housing some animals.

Because they were taken with a court ordered search warrant, it will be up to the court to decide where they go from there.

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