Fate of animals, rescue farm unclear in Mann divorce proceedings
Thursday, December 12, 2013 12:09 AM
Joe Mann, of Big Oaks Rescue Farm, said it will be “very, very hard to place hundreds of animals” should a court order as part of divorce hearings mandate his Greenwood animal rescue operation be shut down and sold.
Joe Mann shows the students from Erskine's Introduction to Business class how friendly the animals on his Big Oaks Rescue Farm become after being nursed back to proper health. (Index-Journal | file)
Mann said final hearings are scheduled for Jan. 28, 2014. He said he does not know the fate of the animals for whom he has provided safe haven since 2007, if he is forced to sell.
“I have prayed and prayed for a resolution to this and that is a question I cannot answer,” Mann said.
Big Oaks is home to horses, mules, donkeys, pigs, sheep, emus, cows and more, on about 40 acres at 2305 Kateway that years ago reportedly housed a dairy operation.
“I’m thankful I’m not in jail for not signing the sales contract, but I cannot sign that sales contract,” Mann said. “People have offered space for animals, but we have so many, and such a vast assortment, that they have to be housed differently.
“We know the ones we can put together and the ones that we can’t put together. This place is designed for just what we do, with the fencing, the barns and the shelters.
“I don’t know where you’d find a place to house everything out here. I feel like if I sign the sales contract that I would be turning my back on the animals.”
Mann said his passion for animal welfare started in childhood.
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