Animal shelters from Presque Isle to Portland have stepped in to help house dozens of animals seized from a home in the northern Maine town of Littleton.
The state's animal welfare division says it spent two years investigating the couple who had 60 animals in their home following complaints of neglect. When investigators learned the house no longer had heat, hot water or electricity, they stepped in to seize the animals.
According to the state, some had suffered injuries, while others had parasites and many needed medical attention.
The animals, mostly dogs and cats, are now being cared for at shelters across the state. The Animal Refuge League in Westbrook took in three German Shepherd puppies and 13 cats.
"We are happy to be a safe landing place for these animals," spokesperson Jeana Roth said.
A line of potential new owners was outside the shelter before it even opened on Thursday. All three puppies were adopted within minutes and went home with happy new owners.
The previous owners are now facing charges of animal cruelty.