Seven teenagers have been charged with trespassing and different offenses after allegedly breaking right into a New Jersey petting zoo in late August, mistreating animals, letting them out of the pens and placing lipstick on a miniature pony, in line with stories.
Three 17-year-old boys, three 17-year-old ladies and one 18-year-old male had been charged with prison mischief, trespassing and “overloading animals,” an animal cruelty offense.
The 17-year-olds shall be tried in household court docket and the 18-year-old will face his costs in municipal court docket, Lt. Joseph Soto, of the Wyckoff Police Division, mentioned.
Gov. Phil Murphy despatched a tweet condemning the crime: “Animal abuse has no house in New Jersey. Abma’s Farm is a pillar of the Bergen County neighborhood, and we’ll totally assist them and native legislation enforcement to carry the perpetrators accountable.”
Abma’s Farms, which is 30 miles east of New York Metropolis in Wyckoff, is house to rabbits, sheep, pigs, goats, and no less than one miniature pony. The farm house owners wrote in regards to the break-in and vandalism on Fb.
The children “opened gates and rode our miniature donkeys, who shouldn’t be supporting that a lot weight. One particular person took a Snapchat of one other particular person using our mini donkey and utilized the Abma’s Farm geofilter.”
“We caught two different trespassers making an attempt to steal,” the publish continued. “Once we referred to as the police, the 2 fled the scene.”
Two animals had gone lacking after the incident.
The teenage prank left the household distraught.
“Before everything, we’re a working farm, and 4 households (and 4 generations) reside right here,” the Abma household wrote on Fb. “That is our house.”
Apart from the non-public violation that the household felt there’s a security difficulty as a result of breaking into animal pens might be harmful.
“Animals can kick, rear up, and trample you. At nighttime, something can occur,” Jimmy Abma mentioned.
However the security of the animals was additionally put in jeopardy, which has additionally upset the household.
“Our animals at the moment are shaken and skiddish (sic) in comparison with their regular relaxed nature,” Abma mentioned. “That is very troubling to us.”