On Saturday, NBC Miami published a video of animals which were supposedly abandoned on a farm in Homestead, Florida, as Hurricane Irma quickly approached. The video, initially viewed by thousands of people on Facebook after a passerby uploaded video of the concerning situation, led to a great deal of worry and outrage.
On Sunday, the Facebook page for Robert is Here Fruit Stand and Farm, posted photos of the farm animals and a statement that all were safe after Hurricane Irma passed by:
UPDATE: Our Emergency protocols were successful! All of our livestock are hale and hearty. While we had a couple of downed trees (upon which they are happily munching) their barns remain intact.
Prior to the good news about the animals being safe after the storm, the Facebook page for the farm addressed concerns over the welfare of the so-called “abandoned animals.”
We thank you all for your concerns. Robert has personally check on the livestock every 2 hours today and will continue to do so. Robert Is Here was not located in an evacuation zone, so the concern of storm surge is not valid.
Our animals were NEVER tied up and will never be tied up. The strap that was mentioned to have been used to tie up the goat was a tie down strap for a newly planted Rainbow Eucalyptus tree that broke in half, not a teather for a goat.
We have been a proud member of this community with this business for 57 years and have weathered many storms. We are so very thankful that this storm has shifted away from us, and we pray for the safety of everyone in its path.
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