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Tuesday, 25 August 2020

PICTURED: New Jersey teen, 17, who broke into petting zoo and rode on a miniature donkey as her friends 'abused animals' and put lipstick on a pony - forcing the farm to close for a veterinarian wellness check

A group of New Jersey teenagers who broke into a petting zoo and abused animals by riding on donkeys and putting lipstick on a pony fled when the owner chased them away after seeing images of their antics on social media.
Jimmy Abma, a fourth-generation farmer whose family has owned Abma’s Farm in Wyckoff, New Jersey, for more than 80 years, received a message on his phone at around 10:30pm on Saturday.
It showed a young girl riding on a miniature donkey.
Abma recognized the animal, which he confirmed to be his after seeing that the Snapchat image also had the caption ‘Abma’s Farm’ attached toward the bottom.
A young girl identified as a 17-year-old student-athlete at River Dell High School in Bergen County, New Jersey, was photographed riding a miniature donkey at the barnyard petting zoo of Abma's Farm in nearby Wyckoff, New Jersey, on Saturday night
A young girl identified as a 17-year-old student-athlete at River Dell High School in Bergen County, New Jersey, was photographed riding a miniature donkey at the barnyard petting zoo of Abma's Farm in nearby Wyckoff, New Jersey, on Saturday night
The owner of Abma's Farm, Jimmy Abma (above), received the image of the girl riding the donkey at around 10:30pm on Saturday night. That's when he sped toward the petting zoo and chased the teens away
The owner of Abma's Farm, Jimmy Abma (above), received the image of the girl riding the donkey at around 10:30pm on Saturday night. That's when he sped toward the petting zoo and chased the teens away
Abma closed the barnyard on Monday so that veterinary staff could do a wellness check on the animals. The image above shows one of the animals being tended to by a veterinarian
Abma closed the barnyard on Monday so that veterinary staff could do a wellness check on the animals. The image above shows one of the animals being tended to by a veterinarian
Abma's Farm has been owned and operated by the family for more than 80 years
Abma's Farm has been owned and operated by the family for more than 80 years
He also grew concerned since the miniature donkeys on his property are not big enough to support the weight of a teenager.
‘Obviously, we’re closed, so that raised a concern to me right off the bat, that there’s people trespassing, the animals are somewhat in danger and I just need to figure out what’s going on,’ he told WCBS-TV.

Abma, who lives on the property, said he immediately ran outside and chased at least half a dozen youngsters off of his property, which includes a barnyard petting zoo, a farm, and a supermarket.
He was shocked to discover that the gates to the petting zoo were open and some of the animals had been traumatized.
One pony had lipstick spread on its face.
Abma said on Monday that all of the animals have been accounted for
Abma said on Monday that all of the animals have been accounted for
‘Couple of the animals you couldn’t even get close to,’ Abma said.
‘They were all skittish. They were all jumping around.
‘We did a full count on the animals and we’re still trying to account for all of them so it’s just a frustrating thing.’
He added: ‘These animals, they have the ability to kick and rear up and they have the ability to bite you.’
Abma also said he noticed two teens trying to shoplift items from his supermarket.
As he dialed 911, the two teenagers ran off.
‘Whatever these kids did they need to be held responsible for it,’ Abma told WABC-TV.
‘At the end of the day, this is our house, this is our yard, this is our livelihood.’
On Facebook, Abma wrote that all of the animals were accounted for and that the barnyard would be closed on Monday so as to allow a veterinarian to come to the property to conduct a wellness check.
Abma posted an image on Facebook on Monday showing a veterinarian checking up on one of the donkeys.
Law enforcement officials told WCBS-TV that investigators know the individuals involved.
A Wyckoff Police Department detective declined to comment when reached by DailyMail.com.
Abma said several of the animals were left traumatized by the experience
Abma said several of the animals were left traumatized by the experience
A local newspaper, Daily Voice, reported that the young girl photographed while riding on the miniature donkey is a 17-year-old student-athlete enrolled at River Dell High School in Bergen County.
Calls to the high schools went unanswered on Monday evening.
Abma said he was appreciative of the outpouring of support from the community.
‘Everybody has been concerned, everybody is concerned about the animals, the well-being of everything that has gone on,’ said Abma.
‘Everybody wants us to bring these kids up to speed and make sure that they have to deal with what they did.’ 
'The investigation has been turned over to the Detective/Juvenile Bureau, [which is] working in conjunction with Tyco Animal Control to identify all the parties,' Detective Lt. Joseph Soto said.  

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