Foreclosure of Shelter Leaves Animals at Mercy of Bank

Evicted owner takes Wells Fargo to court
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2009 7:40 PM CST
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(Newser) – After being evicted by Wells Fargo, the owner of a Rhode Island animal shelter wants a judge to force the bank to provide food and care for the animals—which he says haven't been properly cared for since Monday’s foreclosure. Dan Mackenzie has seen “total strangers walking off with his animals,” his lawyers tells the Providence Journal, though with the current cold snap, the welfare of the 136 animals is his utmost concern.

Mackenzie says some animals—including dogs, cats, horses, pigs, chickens, and sheep—haven’t been watered as he’d been told they would be, and a rep for Rhode Island’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says Well Fargo has turned down its offer of help. When he brought water to the pigs yesterday, “they nearly tore the bucket out of my hand. You don’t have to be a genius to know that an animal like that is thirsty.”

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