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Poor animal conditions investigated at Plainville rescue

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An investigation into poor animal conditions is underway at a rescue home in Plainville.

Police said they executed a search and seizure warrant at the "Almost Home" rescue located at the Sno-White plaza on East Street.

They arrived on scene around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

"Over the course of the last 2 months we received a few complaints that the animals weren’t being cared for properly," said Lt. Eric Peterson, Plainville police.

Police said the owner of the shelter, Meda Talley, is not a bad person, but was likely overwhelmed from taking in too many animals. The home has been operating for approximately 6 months.

They said the animals were being kept in a two-bay garage, which caused a host of problems.

“Whether the dogs weren’t being taken out enough, they were in their cages for 20 some odd hours a day," said Lt. Eric Peterson, Plainville police. "The cages just weren’t being cleaned in a timely manner and [there were] too many animals in there.”

Police said when they arrived there, they found about 40 total animals, which included cats and dogs, in poor conditions. They saw urine on the floors, no air flow and not enough space for the amount of animals.

They also said the dogs were barely walked and were sometimes kept in their soiled cages for more than 20 hours each day.

All of the animals were taken to a vet to be checked out. They'll then be taken to pounds.

Talley will be given a court date and can petition to get animals back.

She did not wish to comment, but her volunteers told Eyewitness News that they did their best to care for the animals.

"I think the people here have the right intentions in mind but I think it became too many dogs," Peterson said.

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