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USDA suspends Cumberland Co. animal farm

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

After multiple complaints, the USDA has suspended a roadside animal farm that displays animals in Cumberland County.

The Jambbas Ranch on Tabor Church Road southeast of Fayetteville was cited for violating the standards of the Animal Welfare Act by neglecting animals. As a result, the ranch must stop operations during the four-month suspension, and it can only resume operations if all standards of the act are met.

One claim in the USDA order says the Jambbas owners and workers failed "to establish and maintain programs of disease control and prevention, euthanasia, and adequate veterinary care under the supervision and assistance of a doctor of veterinary medicine."

The order also contains claims that the animal enclosures were not properly cleaned, sheltered or secured, and that food and water receptacles were not sufficiently clean.

The ranch has displayed bison, horses, goats, rabbits and other animals since 2002. Previous complaints also included concerns about a caged bear at the ranch. That bear was eventually sent to a sanctuary in California according to a representative with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

The order mandates that the ranch can "no longer own or acquire animals that are inherently dangerous such as bears and large exotic cats." Nor can the ranch own or acquire primates.

Jambbas Ranch owner James Bass agreed to the terms of the order as a way to avoid a hearing and further procedure, according to the order.

PETA is now asking Cumberland County Animal Control to seize other wild animals such as alligators that may be at the ranch in violation of county law. According to PETA, the county's law allows zoos to possess such wild animals, but others cannot. PETA claims the ranch no longer qualifies as a zoo because it is no longer displaying animals.

The county's Public Information Director Sally Shutt said animal control currently has no plans to seize any animals from the ranch. However, animal control is asking Bass what he plans to do with the animals at the ranch

"We are aware that the North Carolina Humane Society and PETA are interested and willing to assist in relocating the animals," Shutt said.

The manager at Jambbas Ranch declined to comment Thursday. Bass could not be reached by phone or at his home.

Brandon Herring

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