State Department of Agriculture seizes 99 sheep, 1-goose from farm in Beacon Falls

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture obtained custody of 99 sheep and one goose on Feb. 23, which were brought to the department's rescue and rehabilitation facility located in Niantic.

Jay Lederman

Mar 1, 2023, 12:43 PM

Updated 444 days ago

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Connecticut Department of Agriculture seized at least 99 sheep and 1 goose from a property in Beacon Falls following animal welfare concerns, officials say.
The department obtained custody of 99 sheep and one goose on Feb. 23, which were brought to the Department of Agriculture’s rescue and rehabilitation facility located within the Department of Corrections’ facility in Niantic.
The Woodbridge Regional Animal Control also received 15 cats from the property owner that were voluntarily surrendered.
The sheep, including 65 adults and 34 lambs, will be evaluated and treated by state licensed veterinarians and remain in the custody and care of the Department of Agriculture
Officials say the seizure was triggered by a complaint received on Feb. 22, the state Department of Agriculture’s Animal Control Unit and Regulatory Services staff met with the owner of the animals on February 23 to further assess and resolve the situation.
Officials say the complaint and surveillance revealed there were animal welfare concerns, including unsuitable living conditions, excess growth of wool causing skin conditions and bald patches, as well as lameness due to overgrown hooves.


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