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Owner of Wayne County exotic wildlife farm speaks out amid DEC investigation

The owner of a Wayne County exotic animal farm is speaking out following the state removal of animals- including alligators, foxes, wolves, and hundreds of rodents- from the facility.

“To be honest with you I’m devastated. I’ve never had anything like this happen, and my concern is obviously for my animals,” said World of Wildlife Educational Encounters (WOWEE) owner Sally Reaves in a Wednesday, March 16 phone interview with News10 NBC.

REALTED: Over 800 animals brought to Lollypop Farm after DEC/USDA investigation


As part of an ongoing investigation, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seized hundreds of animals from the Town of Marion, Wayne County farm. Over 800 of those animals, mostly rodents, are now in the care of Lollypop Farm.

Reaves said she “agreed” that the animals were living in crowded conditions, but insists “every single one of my animals is healthy.”

When asked if she was worried about potential criminal charges, Reaves said “I have no idea, to be honest. I don’t know where this is going.”


Lollypop Farm is currently accepting donations to help the hundreds of animals now in their care. You can donate on their website and find details of what items are needed on their Facebook page.



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