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Feds investigating Fayetteville large animal ranch

Posted June 24, 2013

Ben, a 550-pound black bear, has lived in a 22-by-12-foot cage at Jambbas Ranch in Fayetteville since 2006, owner James Bass said. He lives off a diet of dog food and bread and attracts visitors to the ranch, which also houses goats and buffalo.

— 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."


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  • BEACH Jun 27, 2013

    Obamacare Put the man in jail!!!

    This man that u want to put in jail, have a nice wife and 2 wonderful kids and he DOES NOT ABUSE THE AMINALS, SO BEFORE u send him to jail, why don't u take the time and visit the the place.

  • goldenosprey Jun 26, 2013

    "Have been there several times and thee animals do not look hurt or unhealthy"

    Sounds like someone is part of the problem.

    Hope they don't keep any ospreys there!

  • bluecanary Jun 25, 2013

    That place is sad, the animals are sick half the time and subsist off of stale bread, and I really feel like it should be shut down. The owners have had plenty of warnings and opportunities to change the way they care for the animals but they choose not to. It's a farm, it's not hard. If you cant feed and take care of the animals, don't have them.

  • Sherlock Jun 24, 2013

    Have been there several times and thee animals do not look hurt or unhealthy.

  • fifefan4life Jun 24, 2013

    Awww. Poor Yogi. This place should be shut down.

  • Obamacare for all Jun 24, 2013

    Put this man in jail and find good homes for these animals.