YUMA, Ariz. - "The Camel Farm," known for housing several camels and other animals is under the microscope.
PETA announced on Monday that they want to shut the place down, citing pictures received from a visitor and a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection report.
PETA said the photographs show a camel with a large mass on his chest, multiple animals with overgrown hooves, and enclosures with inadequate shelter and excessive mud and feces. PETA says this can pose a health risk to the animals.
These issues echo a two-part USDA inspection report from February 6, which just became publicly available.
The report states that inspectors found numerous animals with hair loss and or in need of hoof trims, an excessively thin sheep, and a goat who was observed limping.
Arizona law requires the AZGFD to deny a zoo license when it's in the best interest of wildlife. PETA is asking the department *NOT* to renew The Camel Farm's license.
"Arizona law requires licensed zoos to provide adequate and prompt veterinary care, and The Camel Farm has left the same animals suffering from the same veterinary ailments for months," says PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement, Brittany Peet.
In response to PETA's allegations, Cassandra Standley, the owner's daughter said the allegations made by PETA are false and misleading.
"I do feel like they are misleading. I live here and I help take care of my animals. I do know from what I've seen in the pictures that some of the pictures are taken at certain angles where you can't see the shade structures. If you have questions you need to come and ask. You shouldn't assume things. Just like what they say, 'you cant judge a book by it's cover' ", said Standley.
For those asking what ways you can help The Camel Farm, they have set up a GoFundMe page.
For more information visit: PETA.org