Punish Petting Zoo Pranksters Who Allegedly Rode and Put Lipstick on Miniature Donkeys

Target: Mark R. DiMaria, Prosecutor for Wyckoff, New Jersey

Goal: Find and penalize individuals responsible for reported abuse and harassment of petting zoo animals.

A teenage prank apparently led to an act of harassment and cruelty against several animals living at a petting zoo. The owners of New Jersey-based Abma Farms allegedly discovered a group of about seven unidentified teens trespassing on their property. Once confronted, the youths reportedly fled, but they seemingly left traumatized animals behind.

Many animal gates at the farm had apparently been thrown open, leaving the animals to wander the premises confused and distressed. A rabbit and a chicken have yet to be located. The group reportedly reserved the most egregious behavior for the miniature donkeys, however. A photo has since emerged of at least one person seemingly riding the nervous ponies. One donkey even had what appeared to be lipstick markings across his face. The caretakers at the farm gave a status update, saying “our animals are now shaken and skittish compared to their normal relaxed nature.”

Sign the petition below to urge the local justice system to treat this case with the seriousness it more than merits.


Dear Mr. DiMaria,

Animal control and juvenile bureau authorities are working to identify the teenagers who allegedly broke into the Abma Farms petting zoo, stole farm equipment, and traumatized many of the farm’s animals. The acts reportedly committed against these living beings are more than just harmless pranks. According to farm owners, the animals still display signs of ongoing trauma.

Please be diligent in working with law enforcement to identify and hold legally accountable the individuals responsible for these alleged acts of theft and animal cruelty.


[Your Name here]

Photo Credit: Paul Faith

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  1. Sad that these children were not only taught to disrespect others property but have no regard for animal well-being. I hope they are identified and punished accordingly. Shame on them and their parents.

  2. This is what happens when people let their kids do whatever they want, Plus they all were likely on a drug trip. This is a cowardly act done by teenagers to try to be important too. And it’s DEFINITELY WRONG & should be punishable too.

  3. Sounds like just a bunch of stupid kids being, well, stupid kids. They say a persons complete brain development doesn’t happen until 21 years of age. (Some probably take even longer). You know how it happens – one kid gets a “brilliant” idea and everyone goes along with it. These excuses still don’t make it right or legal. They need to be found, be lectured to about animal abuse, trespassing and the implications of doing these things, and they should have to serve some time helping the animals’ owner with chores. That way they will learn without having the rest of their lives ruined with a police record.

  4. Pranksters need to be punished for their abuse of animals. Lessons to be learned for these improper actions against helpless animals.

  5. Evan Jane Kriss says:

    Prosecute to the fullest extent of the law for animal abuse and illegal trespass, also attempted theft. MAKE THEM PAY ALL VET BILLS TO RESTORE ALL ANIMALS INVOLVED to full health.

  6. Jaime Perez says:

    Dirty, little monsters need to be punished to the extent of the law! Not only did they trespass, but they harmed some innocent animals. This deplorable treatment of these animals should not be tolerated.

  7. I feel so sorry for these poor animals! The teenagers that hurt them should be punished to the full extent of the law! And they should be made to pay veterinarian bills so those poor animals are returned to health and that rabbit and that poor chickens both need to be found ASAP!

  8. Kathleen I Nagy-DeRosa says:

    Regardless of their age, prosecute these POSs. They knew what they were doing was wrong, yet continued until they were caught. If it was my kid, he would be begging to be arrested when I got through with him. Disgusting.

  9. They abused and harassed animals multiple times and kidnapped a chicken and a rabbit. Add up all the charges and apply to the appropriate individuals so these run consecutively and lock them up for a minimum of 5 years each or more depending on the charges, and for the kidnappers, add another 15 years. If the chicken and rabbit are dead, then they get LIFE w/o parole, period.

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