Miscreants invade New Jersey farm to ride animals
A pack of young punks trespassed on a New Jersey farm late Saturday, riding and abusing animals in an ordeal that left the creatures “shaken and skittish,” according to a Facebook post from the farm and a report.
“The sheer disrespect that some people have is truly infuriating,” Jimmy Abma, of Abma’s Farm in Wyckoff, NJ, told the Daily Voice of the 10 p.m. incident. “There are teenage pranks, and then there’s something like this.”
A Sunday Facebook post from the farm’s owners explained that the culprits weren’t just endangering the animals.
“First and foremost, we are a working farm, and four families (and four generations) live here. This is our home,” the post read. “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.”
The post noted that the miscreants rode the farm’s miniature donkeys, who are not meant to support that much weight.
One of the creeps made a Snapchat post of another riding a donkey, tagging it with a filter unique to the farm.
Someone who saw the post alerted the farm’s owners, who rushed outside to catch the delinquents red-handed.
“After a concerned party alerted us to the snapchat, we caught two other trespassers stealing – when we called the police, the two fled the scene,” the Facebook message read.
Though the group got away, Abma said that he knows exactly who’s responsible.
“Unfortunately for them we have pictures and names and we will follow through to make sure everyone is held accountable,” he told the Daily Voice, which ran a photo of a blonde girl wearing a navel ring, a dark top, ripped jeans and black sneakers riding a miniature donkey named Daisy.
A boy is also visible in the background.
As the family cleaned up, the extent of the damage became apparent.
“Our animals are very shaken and skittish compared to their normal calm and relaxed nature, and our mini horse has signs of physical abuse,” Abma told the Daily Voice.
He also noted that a duckling and a rabbit were missing, but the later Facebook post said all animals had been accounted for.
The farm will be closed on Monday while a veterinarian evaluates the animals.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Wyckoff Police Department at 201-891-2121.
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