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Neglect alleged at farm

The BC SPCA is investigating allegations of animal neglect at a Langley hobby farm.

Officers visited the Farm of Stories after disturbing video was shot by a tenant on the property.

Cadence Warner took images of a sheep with its eye swollen shut and of sick calves.

Farm of Stories says its caretakers and visitors help rescued animals. But, Warner says the farm isn't properly funded and staff aren't trained to deal with large animals.

"What I have a problem with is the conscious neglect and the unwillingness to take care of them in the way that they need," she told CTV. 

Warner alleges the farm's owner was unwilling to call a veterinarian to help the sick animals, so she did so herself and paid for antibiotics. One of the calves died.

On social media, the farm claimed critics have "made up ridiculous stories."

Animal advocate Geoff Regier negotiated with the owners to buy the injured sheep and took it to a vet. It was also given medication, but didn't improve, so was euthanized.

The SPCA's Shawn Eccles says even though the images are disturbing, it may not result in cruelty charges.

"The issue is how long the animal has been in that condition, whether or not it had any veterinary care," he said.

A vet sent by the owner told CTV that animals on the farm are in good condition.

– with files from CTV Vancouver



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