ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Nearly 800 animals including rats, rabbits, and other small animals were brought to Lollypop Farm for immediate care, according to a Facebook post from the Humane Society of Greater Rochester.
Lollypop is asking the public for help after its humane law enforcement officers, working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Environmental Conservation police officers, brought the animals to the facility Monday evening.
Officials said Tuesday that Lollypop is asking for community support to make sure the animals can continue to receive proper housing, food, and medical care during their stay.
Lollypop officials say anyone can help these animals by visiting a local Pet Supplies Plus store for supplies, or by visiting this website. They say the greatest needs currently are Timothy hay, small mammal foods — like rodent block or guinea pig pellets — towels and sheets.
Officials say Wegmans gift cards for fruits and vegetables are appreciated, as well as tissue boxes and toilet paper tubes.
According to Lollypop, this remains an active investigation, and details regarding the case are limited at this time.
Lollypop officials said around 4 p.m. Tuesday that, between staff and volunteers, they are able to care for the animals with feeding and cleaning. They said they will need foster homes eventually, and folks interested can sign up to become foster care volunteers online.
The animals were seized from World of Wildlife Esucational Enforcement. Owner Sally Reaves released the following statement Thursday:
“We are devastated with the recent seizure of some of our animals who have acted as animal ambassadors in our wildlife programs through the years. The animals that were seized by the NYSDEC were removed because of an error in licensing paperwork, not because of their living conditions or health.
The “800” animals taken to Lollypop Farm were primarily rodents with their babies. Rats and mice can have between 10 to 15 babies at a time and these babies were included as part of that number (For example 50 mice that have 10 babies each all of a sudden turn into 500 animals if you count them individually) which is what was done.
Unfortunately many of the reports out there are more sensationalism than fact. We are currently working with the proper people to get everything corrected and have our animals safely returned to us.
We would like to thank all of those who have reached out and provided us with positive affirmations and support during this trying time.
Your faith and confidence in us is greatly appreciated.”
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