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Farm animal abuse and neglect starkly visible in the winter, says animal advocate

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Max, a Belgian draft horse, was emaciated and near starvation when he was taken from his owner's home in Washington County. He was brought to Peace Ridge Sanctuary in Brooks, which rescues abused and neglected farmed animals. (Peace Ridge Sanctuary | BDN)
Max, a Belgian draft horse, was emaciated and near starvation when he was taken from his owner's home in Washington County. He was brought to Peace Ridge Sanctuary in Brooks, which rescues abused and neglected farmed animals. (Peace Ridge Sanctuary | BDN)

Farm animal abuse and Neglect Starkly Visible in the winter, says animal advocate

Every winter, Daniella Tessier of the Peace Ridge Sanctuary in Brooks sees Maine farm animals that are suffering neglect or abuse and tries her best to offer them the care they need.

Every winter, Daniella Tessier of the Peace Ridge Sanctuary in Brooks sees Maine farm animals that are suffering neglect or abuse and tries her best to offer them the care they need.

But often, the need is much greater than her ability to meet it.

“What has been said for the longest time is that we have a cat and dog problem in Maine,” Tessier said. “That’s not correct. There’s a farmed animal problem. No one wants to say that farmers are doing the wrong thing, but unfortunately we can’t ignore it anymore.”

Many people don’t understand the amount of care it takes to raise farm animals such as pigs, cows or goats, said Liam Hughes, the director of the state’s Animal Welfare Program. Even smaller animals, such as chickens or rabbits, may pose unexpected challenges.

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