MIDDLEBORO — Authorities have removed 24 animals from a Middleboro kennel who were living in “poorly ventilated, unsanitary and cruel conditions.”

The Animal Rescue League of Boston’s (ARL) Law Enforcement Department says a search warrant was recently executed at the facility along with Middleboro Police and Animal Control Departments.

Most of the 24 animals removed were young adult Cane Corso and Dogo Argentino dogs, however, a peacock, donkey, ducks and a chicken were seized as well. The entire operation took approximately 12 hours.

The animals were found living in poorly ventilated, unsanitary, cruel and dangerous conditions. They have been transported to ARL’s Dedham, Boston and Brewster, as well as municipal facilities in Middleboro, Auburn, Mansfield, Norton, and Framingham.

The animals are friendly and will undergo ongoing medical care and behavioral evaluations before being made available for adoption.

Authorities continue to investigate.

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