Lollypop Farm seizes 800 animals from its property, local animal exhibitor is arrested
After confiscating hundreds of animals earlier this week, law enforcement officers at Lollypop Farm have charged a Wayne County animal breeder with animal abuse.
Sally Reaves, executive director of World of Wildlife Educational Encounters in Marion, is charged with a misdemeanor for failing to provide enough food and water.
Lollypop Farm human inspectors said they discovered more than 800 animals, including mice, rats, ferrets and rabbits, living in what they said were cruel circumstances while working with state and federal authorities.
Animal cruelty from an animal exponent
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There were 475 mice, 155 rats, 42 rabbits, 25 guinea pigs, 48 degus, 6 spiny mice, 5 pigs and 2 ferrets among the recovered animals, with numerous litters of children produced each day, according to ABC 13 WHAM.
Investigators said they found hundreds of domestic and exotic animals living in horrific conditions earlier this week.
Reeves was accused of not giving enough food and drink.
The veterinarian and shelter team at Lollypop Farm work extremely hard to inspect each animal to ensure that all illnesses are treated and disease does not spread in the community.
“Those circumstances where these animals were found were filthy and terrible.”
“Soiled 10-gallon terrariums with over 100 mice locked together have been discovered,” Reno Di Domenico, vice president of human law enforcement at Lollypop Farm, said via WXXI News.
He said the ammonia levels caused by animal feces made it difficult to manage the animals, but they were able to extract them comfortably.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the United States said the investigation was being assisted by the Department of Agriculture and the DEC received some of the unusual creatures.
Reaves was summoned to Marion City Court on April 6.
According to Lollypop Farm officials, if found guilty, Reaves faces a $1,000 fine and/or a year in prison.
According to a statement on the World of Wildlife Educational Encounters website, they are “devastated” by the recent confiscation of several of their animals who have previously served as “animal ambassadors” in their wildlife initiatives over the years.
According to the report, the animals captured by the DEC were removed due to an error in the clearance documents, not because of their living conditions.
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The abuse of animals
Animal cruelty is defined as the intentional infliction of pain, injury or death on an animal.
Cruelty can be deliberate, such as kicking, burning, stabbing, beating or shooting, or it can be negligent, such as denying water, shelter, food and medical care to animals, according to the Animal Welfare Institute.
Another type of animal cruelty is animal fighting, in which animals are trained or coerced into attacking each other in violent conflict at the risk of serious harm or death.
According to the Humane Society, abuse and mistreatment crosses all social and economic boundaries, and the media has reported that cruelty to animals is widespread in rural and urban areas.
Intentional cruelty to animals is strongly linked to other crimes, including assaulting people.
Animals are frequent victims of hoarding behaviors. People with hoarding disorders may neglect animals by keeping what they are able to care for effectively.
Severe animal neglect (such as hoarding) is often a sign that a person needs social or mental health treatment.
According to surveys, people who deliberately abuse animals are mostly men under 30, but those who hoard animals are more likely to be women over 60.
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