In Wyckoff, New Jersey, a working farm with a petting zoo was broken into over the weekend by a group of teens who tried to steal from their market, rode their donkeys and freed some of the rabbits and ducks that have not been found.
According to the Facebook page of Abma’s Farm, what may have started as a cruel prank turned into acts of trespassing, animal abuse and attempted robbery.
“…our farm was broken into last night around 10pm. Tresspassers broke into our Barnyard Petting Zoo and disturbed our animals. They opened gates and rode our miniature donkeys, who should not be supporting that much weight. One person took a snapchat of another person riding our mini donkey and applied the Abma’s Farm geofilter.
After a concerned party alerted us to the snapchat, we caught two other trespassers trying to steal- when we called the police, the two fled the scene,” Jimmy Abma, a fourth generation farmer posted after receiving one of the Snapchat photos of a girl sitting on a donkey.
The owners of the farm explained how the animals were left frightened; with on mini horse having shown signs of physical abuse. Gates had been left open. One of the donkeys had lipstick on it.
According to Sunday’s the Daily Voice, seven teens have been identified including the two in the photo; one being a River Dell High School athlete
“We must explain the seriousness of this break in. First and foremost, we are a working farm, and four families (and four generations) live here. This is our home. Second, from a human safety standpoint, breaking in to animal pens with no animal training is dangerous. Animals can kick, rear up, and trample you. In the dark, anything can happen.
Third, the safety of OUR animals has been compromised and that IS. NOT. OKAY. Our animals are now shaken and skiddish compared to their normal relaxed nature. This is very troubling to us. A couple of our animals got loose from gates left open but after thoroughly searching this morning, all animals are accounted for.
Our Barnyard will be closed tomorrow, August 24th, to allow our veterinarian to complete a full wellness and health check on all animals.
If you have any information regarding these events,, we urge you to contact the Wyckoff Police Department. We appreciate your understanding. Thank you.”
Information linked to this situation can be reported by calling the Wyckoff Police at 201.891.2121.
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