Police seize 28 animals in Ferrisburgh, cite three for animal cruelty

FERRISBURGH — Three Addison County residents are due to answer animal cruelty charges in court Wednesday after police raided a Ferrisburgh property and rescued 28 animals from poor living conditions.
Ferrisburgh residents Katherine Ferguson, 61, and Thomas Ferguson, 51, along with Bridport resident Roxanne Clark, 36, are due to answer charges of animal cruelty in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, on Oct. 18 at 12:30 p.m.
The charges follow an Oct. 7 raid at a Burroughs Farm Road property in Ferrisburgh. At around 12:30 p.m. that Saturday, troopers from the New Haven barracks of the Vermont State Police executed a search warrant at the address. They were assisted by members of the Burlington Emergency and Veterinary Specialists and the Addison County Humane Society, known as Homeward Bound.
Authorities seized 28 animals for what police called “poor living conditions and conditions of the animals.” Those animals included 11 dogs, nine birds, and some cats, ferrets, guinea pigs, a hamster and a bearded dragon.
Homeward Bound Executive Director Jessica Danyow that it was infrequent for the humane to be asked by police to care for so many animals at once.
Additional details on the case should come to light when police affidavits are released after Wednesday’s arraignment.

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