The manager of a shelter in Plainville under investigation for housing animals in poor conditions said the place is planning to fight for the return the pets that were seized.
Lori Romano said police took dozens of cats and dogs from the Almost Home Rescue building earlier this week.
Police said they had received complaints that the animals were being housed in a garage bay that was far too small for the number of pets being kept there.
Volunteers, however, called the bay clean and said that new kennels have been set up for the animals.
"This is their home, this is what they know, we are their family," Romano told Eyewitness News. "Meda [Talley], the owner, has put so much into this place, her heart and soul into this place.”
Police said that the rescue's owner will be able to petition the court to try and get the animals back.
"They are our babies," Romano said. "They know us. They all came from different situations and when they were pulled out of here they were scared to death.”
Volunteers said the rescue is also expanding to a larger space to better accommodate the animals if they're returned.
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An investigation into poor animal conditions is underway at a rescue home in Plainville.