Teens break into US petting zoo and ‘apply lipstick to animal’ | 7NEWS.com.au
A US farmer says some of the animals in his petting zoo were left terrified after a group of teens broke in and abused them – including applying lipstick to one of his miniature ponies.
Abma’s Farm in Wyckoff, New Jersey, is a well-known local spot for visitors and tourists.
Four generations live on the property and the farm’s market and petting zoo are a big draw.
But owner Jimmy Abma says he now has to keep the zoo closed while police investigate the trespassing.
“All the gates were opened and the pens,” Abma said.
Alleged animal abuse
“A couple of the animals we couldn’t even get close to, they were all skittish.”
He was tipped off to the disturbance after receiving a Snapchat photo of what appears to be a teenaged girl riding one of his miniature donkeys.
The photo was geotagged with the location of the farm.
“They’re not ridden, and the fact that they were riding them last night is a health issue. It’s a structural issue,” Abma said.
The farmer, whose family has owned the farm for nine decades, says he went outside on Saturday night and found six to eight teenagers running off.
But the damage had been done.
Abma said one of his miniature ponies had some sort of lipgloss or lipstick across its face, and it was one of the most spooked out of all the animals.
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Some of the animals were missing because the pens were left open but they were all accounted for as of Sunday.
It’s not the first time people have trespassed on the county’s farmlands, according to Abma.
He says he gets trespassers nearly on a daily basis, and that’s why he’s taking his latest incident even more seriously.
‘This goes on throughout the country.’
“It’s not just here,” the farmer said.
“It’s not just us here in our petting zoo.
“This goes on throughout the country.
“People trample all over farmland and don’t care.”
The farm will stay closed until a vet has finished examining the animals.
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