WATCH: Successful first day moving animals at failed NY animal facility

After a very long day, the team was able to secure the property and safely load 3 bears, 5 tigers, and 3 lions and send them on their way to reputable sanctuaries, which will provide high quality care to them for the rest of their lives. c. IFAWI have been anxiously looking forward to this moment – the moment when the first day of a delicate seizure of dozens of tigers, lions, bears, and wolves would be complete and deemed a success.

Simply coordinating the rescue logistics between crews from three law enforcement agencies, USDA, six sanctuaries, licensed veterinarians, as well as additional experienced animal transporters, has been a time-intensive and complex endeavor.  

Something that requires time…

But time was not on our side.

Local broadcaster WIVB reports on the seizure, and interviews the author in the video above.

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Once IFAW had found placement for all of the exotic animals at a failed animal facility near Buffalo, NY, the decision to confiscate them came quickly and details changed fluidly to accommodate the many organizations involved to get us to this point.

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It has been an incredibly long day, but collectively we were able to secure the property and safely load 3 bears, 5 tigers, and 3 lions and send them on their way to reputable sanctuaries, which will provide high quality care to them for the rest of their lives.

The author helped in coordinating the rescue logistics between crews from three law enforcement agencies, USDA, six sanctuaries, licensed veterinarians, as well as additional experienced animal transporters.

Unfortunately, it appeared that the animals had not received food or water in potentially many days, which was of real concern for their health and welfare. Most of the animals had lost significant weight since they were last inspected and the conditions of the enclosures and facility as a whole were deteriorating quickly.

The facility remains secure overnight, and we will be back bright and early to remove the remaining animals. We could not do this intricate work without the cooperation from all the parties involved or the unyielding support from people like you.

Stay tuned as I will continue to send updates from this massive rescue operation.

 

 

--KD

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