ROWLEY — Chief Scott Dumas and the Rowley Police Department report that residents may notice a significant police presence in the area of the Newburyport Turnpike on Friday due to an ongoing investigation.
On Saturday, Aug. 27, Rowley Police responded to a report of four goats that were walking on Route 1, and worked with Animal Control to round up the goats, which had not been reported missing.
Rowley Police and Animal Control identified the Hydrant Regency, 104 Newburyport Turnpike, as the home of the goats. While returning the goats, Animal Control noticed some concerning issues at the kennel, which led to a follow-up investigation by Rowley Police and Animal Control in collaboration with the MSPCA and Animal Rescue League of Boston.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Evidence Response Team is assisting the investigation, which remains ongoing, and there will be a significant police presence on the property on Friday. Motorists are encouraged to use caution in the area.
The kennel has been closed since Aug. 29. Animals being housed on the property have been returned to their owners, while the goats are in the custody of the MSPCA.
There is no threat to the general public. This is an active an ongoing investigation. Additional information will be released at the appropriate time.