CAIRO — A California farm will become a “snake farm” after the owners and their employees received death threats, according to the owner.
The owner of Cale Creek Ranch in Santa Rosa, Calif., is the latest family to face scrutiny for a business that allows people to “live out their dreams.”
According to the owners, a “big scare” hit last week after the news spread of the farm, which is owned by a local animal rescue organization.
The owners are now under fire for selling the farm at auction and have been threatened with legal action for doing so.
“This has been a dream for me for over 25 years,” owner and Cale River Ranch co-owner Bill Carrigan said.
“I’m just trying to survive.”
Carrigan said he had been contacted by the Humane Society of the United States about the ranch, but that he had no contact with them or anyone from the Animal Rescue Alliance.
“I have no idea how this happened, but it is going to be a snake farm,” Carrigan told the Santa Rosa Bee.
The Animal Rescue Network, which provides animals and services to the public, said it has no record of any death threats against Cale, which was set up in 2006.
Carrigans family has been open about the fact that he does not own the ranch.
The Ranch is one of the largest operations in the world, with approximately 6,400 animals and more than 100,000 plants and animals, according the Animal Care and Control Services.
It is also the largest “Snake Farm” in the U.S., according to The Farm Sanctuary, an animal welfare organization.