A Must-See: The Lonely Steer Who Found Love and Lots to Eat

For Immediate Release:
October 23, 2017

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Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – To give your day—and mood—a feel-good boost, check out the story of Isaac, an emaciated steer who was sprung in the nick of time from a filthy hoarding facility in Florida that posed as an animal rescue and whose owners were charged with cruelty to animals. As this new PETA video released today shows, Isaac went from a thin, lonely fellow to a healthy, happy lad who uses his playful personality to win over everyone—staff and animal residents alike—at his new home at Farm Sanctuary in upstate New York.

Isaac’s sweet nature hides a miserable past: As PETA revealed in its investigation of Darlynn’s Darlins Rescue Ranch, Inc.—the sham sanctuary that purchased him when he was just a calf—he was frequently left without water, rarely fed, and kept in isolation for much of his life, despite his need, as a herd animal, for companionship. Just skin and bones, he was suffering from pneumonia and a very upset stomach—and he was lonely.

Authorities acted quickly on PETA’s evidence to ensure the rescue of Isaac and some 200 other neglected animals from Darlynn’s Darlins, and today, he’s in clover. He’s almost never alone: He’s surrounded by a team of caring Farm Sanctuary workers and lots of goat, sheep, and alpaca pals. Bales of fresh hay keep his energy up, and his ribs no longer threaten to pierce his skin.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—has posted more details about Isaac’s rescue here.

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