November 18, 2019

P.I. house condemned after animals removed

PRESQUE ISLE — A two-story house at 37 Fort St. where 120 animals were removed on Friday, was condemned by the city Tuesday for human habitation. The owner, Carol Archer of Presque Isle, was notified of the action, according to Russell Mount, city code enforcement officer.

Carrie Lithicum, assistant district attorney, said Wednesday that an investigation by her office and state animal officials was expected to be completed by Friday.

After receiving numerous complaints, Jan Hartwell, the state’s district humane agent for northern Maine, presented a court order Friday to Archer and Maynard Borden enabling the state official to take possession of the animals.

The animals, including 35 dogs, eight cats, five exotic chickens, 26 rabbits, four ducks, more than 40 birds and two peacocks, were taken to the Central Aroostook Humane Society in Presque Isle. Veterinarians determined that most of the animals were hairless, had mange, scabs, body sores, lesions and suffered from malnutrition.

Sandra Favaro, shelter manager, said Wednesday, that the plight of the animals had prompted an outpouring of donations including materials, food, money and volunteer labor by individuals and agencies from across New England and as far away as Buffalo, N.Y. The shelter received a $1,000 donation and humane societies and other animal shelters were accepting donations in their areas and calling to ask how they could help, she said.

Presque Isle veterinarian Nick Pesut has made two visits daily to work with the animals, assisted by about 30 volunteers, Favaro said.

Companies have donated lumber, construction and electrical supplies to renovate an unused portion of the shelter for some of the new animals, she said.

While several callers have asked about adoption, the newly arrived animals are under at least a month-long quarantine and must be certified by a veterinarian before release, she said.

Some of the 30 cats and 15 dogs already at the shelter have been adopted as a result of the publicity surrounding the new arrivals, she said.

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