Emmet the emu and alpacas Raj and Howie have found new homes. They were part of a group of 35 emaciated animals seized from a Ludlow farm, according to the MSPCA.

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METHUEN ­— Two alpacas and an emu are the latest animals rescued from cruel conditions on a Ludlow farm to find a “forever home,” according to the MSCPA.

In February, the MSPCA and the Animal Rescue League of Boston rescued of 35 emaciated animals from the farm — four donkeys, eight ponies, six pigs (including three piglets), four goats, four alpacas, four ducks, two sheep, a goose, an emu, and a bunny. Twelve animals were taken to the Animal Rescue League’s facility in Dedham. The rest were taken to the MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen.

The animals were suffering from dental disease, overgrown hooves, internal and external parasites and other health problems due to prolonged neglect, according to the MSPCA.

The MSPCA-Angell’s Law Enforcement department has charged the animals’ previous owner, Dean Manuel of Ludlow, with 36 counts of felony animal cruelty, two counts of assault and battery on a police officer and one count of resisting arrest, according to the MSPCA.

The two of the alpacas — Raj and Howie — as well as Emmet the emu were adopted this week by a Massachusetts family. The family’s identity is not being revealed while the criminal case against the animal’s previous owner is still pending.

Two other alpacas, “Lenny” and “Sheldon,” have also been adopted by Massachusetts families. Eighteen animals remain at Nevins Farm.

All of them are slowly recovering. Nevins Farm officials are hopeful they will find new homes in the weeks and months ahead.

“Obviously it’s very exciting for all of us to see these animals thriving so soon after their rescue. Nursing these animals — and indeed all of the creatures in our care — back to full health is the most rewarding part of this job,” said Melissa Ghareeb, who oversees the care of organization’s farm animals. “By opening their hearts and homes to these animals they have also opened more space at our farm for the next homeless animal who comes to stay with us.”

In the midst of taking care of the Ludlow farm animals, MSPCA rescued 65 birds from a small Lynnfield home — part of a group of 199 animals that were seized.

Director of Public Relations Rob Halpin said all of the birds have been adopted.

“The conditions they were in were terrible so it’s good to know they are recovering well,” he said.

Caring for all of these animals has cost the shelter thousands. If you would interested in donating to help defray the cost of caring for these animals and others like them visit

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