Two people have been arrested following an animal cruelty investigation.

According to an article on the WABI website, last Friday, January 5, the state notified police in Fort Fairfield of a possible case of animal cruelty.

The article explains that officers from the Fort Fairfield Police Department started an investigation and visited the home on Saturday.

What they found was reportedly horrifying.

The investigating officers allegedly found eight emaciated pit bulls that were malnourished, injured, and living in their own feces, according to the news station.

The officers also found two dead puppies at the home, WABI added.

On Thursday morning, police arrested 50-year-old Daniel Bernaiche and 42-year-old Christina Wilcox, both of Fort Fairfield, according to the new station.They have been charged with 12 counts of animal cruelty.

The dogs have been taken to the Central Aroostook Humane Society.

Those at the small organization are looking for the public's help with the supplies needed for their new guests.  A Facebook post from the shelter says, in part:

So with the recent intake of 30+ cats, 11 puppies and their mom and 8 neglected dogs we are asking for your help. We could use the following items:
Purina Cat Chow
Pedigree adult beef flavor
Pedigree puppy
Paper towels
Flat sheets

You can contact the shelter by calling 207-764-3441.

There is no word on when Bernaiche and Wilcox will be back in court.

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