Fayetteville, N.C. — The USDA is pursuing legal action against a Fayetteville animal preserve, alleging Jambbas Ranch violates animal welfare guidelines.
In a complaint filed May 14, USDA attorneys asked the courts to suspend or revoke the ranch's license.
The complaint lays out a series of dates on which inspectors found animals were not receiving adequate veterinary care, lacked access to clean water and other concerns.
The ranch, at 5386 Tabor Church Road, has come under fire from animal rights activists before. In 2011, a bear raises at Jambbas Ranch was transferred to a California facility after a judge ruled that owner James Bass II was not providing adequate care.
"We hope that this action by the USDA spells the end for Jambbas Ranch's unchecked abuse and neglect of animals," says Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. "Jambbas Ranch is a pit of suffering and death for animals and should have been shut down years ago."