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Man faces cruelty charges; Duck, chicken carcasses found.

Byline: Steven H. Foskett Jr.

MILFORD - A Howard Street man made a brief appearance in Milford District Court yesterday to face animal cruelty charges stemming from the November discovery of hundreds of malnourished chickens and ducks on a Mendon farm he leased space on.

Tang "Jason" Lin, 33, of 31 Howard St., requested a Chinese-speaking interpreter at his arraignment yesterday morning. He was charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty by a custodian. Judge Robert B. Calagione continued the case to Thursday, and ordered the court to reserve an interpreter familiar with Mandarin Chinese.

The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals brought the charges after a Mendon animal inspector visited a farming operation at 36 Providence St. in Mendon in early November. The inspector noticed carcasses and skeletons, and alerted the MSPCA.

The MSPCA arrived at the farm Nov. 6 and over the course of two days removed about 600 malnourished ducks and chickens from the property, which is part of a 30-acre farm owned by Michael and Michelle Ferrucci. The farm had several tenants, including Mr. Lin. The Ferruccis have not been charged.

Police at the time of the discovery described hundreds of animal carcasses on the property, and said there was a large pit where some of the dead ducks and chickens were thrown. Live fowl lived among the carcasses, police said.

According to a statement released last week by the MSPCA, the agency is still searching for homes for the animals that survived. The animals are being kept by the MSPCA at Nevis Farm in Methuen, and according to the MSPCA, the animals did not test positive for bird flu.

The Lin case was one of the largest animal surrenders in the history of the organization, and the cost of animal feed and soft wood chips for the ducks and chickens runs around $500 a week, according to the MSPCA. According to the MSPCA, prospective adopters should contact the animal care and adoption center at (978) 687-7453. Donations are also being accepted to cover the cost of the care of the animals.
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Date:Jan 8, 2008
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