A Buxton man faces an April 19 court date in connection with charges of cruelty to animals.

The Buxton police said Mark Coosard has been charged with felony cruelty to animals.

On March 30, police went to Rose Ridge Way after receiving a call about two dogs that appeared underfed and running loose. Officers found five dogs and one cat along with several dead animals in a trailer. Coosard was charged on March 31.

The animals were taken to the Emergency Animal Clinic in Portland. They were thin and treated for malnutrition. Some had sores and infections and one dog was missing an eye.

A pony and two goats were taken to the Maine State Society for the Protection of Animals.

The bodies of dead animals included several cats and dogs and one horse.

Police described living conditions of the animals as “horrible,” saying the trailer floors were covered with feces and adequate food and water weren’t provided for the animals.

Buxton Police Chief Jody Thomas and Officer Mike Grovo were assisted in the rescue operation by Buxton Animal Control Officer Alexandra Sanborn and Standish Animal Control Officer Jack Freitas.

The York County District Attorney’s office is reviewing the case for possible additional charges.


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