The owners of an animal farm and market are outraged after discovering on social media that a group of teenagers broke into their farm, stole from their market, and even rode their donkeys in the petting zoo after putting lipstick on one of them.
The incident occurred at approximately 10 p.m. when Jimmy Abma, a fourth-generation farmer of Abma Farms in Wyckoff, New Jersey, got a Snapchat photo of a teenage girl sitting on one of his donkeys.
Abma, who lives on the farm with his wife, immediately went to go investigate and found about a half-dozen teenagers running around the premises before allegedly taking off with farm property.
The family posted on its social media site about the incident.
Our farm was broken into last night around 10pm. Trespassers 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.
Two of the trespassers were caught trying to steal items and two others fled the scene.
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 the farm’s animals got loose from gates left open but after thoroughly searching this morning, all animals are now accounted for.