Swansea’s Simcock Farm: Customers Watched Their Kids Abuse Our Goats
Beverly Ann Simcock is at the end of her rope.
She is tired of people abusing her pet farm animals at her popular Swansea ice cream stand. Her surveillance cameras captured video yesterday of adults standing by and watching their children climb onto their picnic tables and "kick, spit and throw rocks" at their small pet goats.
As shocking as that sounds, Simcock says it is not an unusual occurrence.
"This isn't the first time it's happened, and it won't be the last, sadly," she said.
Simcock said she has witnessed adults abusing one of their four horned Jacob sheep.
"They'd lure them in with treats in one hand, then pull them by the horns and slam their head against the fence," Simcock said.
The abuse of the animals was so frequent that Simcock decided to double-fence the creatures to help keep the humans away from the sheep and goats. "Then we had people grabbing our donkey's ears, so we double-fenced the donkey, too."
Simcock recalls seeing a young boy, dressed in a youth soccer uniform, repeatedly kick one of Simcock's horses.
"They're so trusting because they're so loved," she said of the animals.
The horse received five kicks to the leg before the boy leaned over the fence to pull on the horse's ear. When the horse nipped at the boy, the father posted a complaint on Facebook.
Simcock said she doesn't plan on releasing the surveillance video of the latest incident because she doesn't believe it will help.
"What is it going to do? It could cause a lynch mob. Social media is good for some things, but not for others."
However, Simcock said she has "nice pictures" of who the culprits are, and is inviting them to never return to her farm.
She said she has no plans to move the pets because she won't allow a few bad apples to ruin something nice for the vast majority of her customers.