Ohio mink farm vandals free up to 10,000 animals, county police warn

Thousands of mink were freed from their cages at a northwest Ohio mink farm overnight Monday, police said.

The owner first said that 25,000 to 40,000 mink were freed from their cages after vandals tore down the fences at Lion Farms USA Mink Farm in Hoaglin Township, but later said that employees of the farm had been able to capture many animals roaming free on the property, Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas Riggenbach said. The farm is less than 15 miles from the Indiana state line.

The incident, which is considered a crime of breaking and entering or vandalism, is still under investigation, Riggenbach said. But the office released the information about the released mink as soon as possible early Tuesday “to let our communities know what’s going on,” Riggenbach told USA TODAY. “So they can start making informed decisions and figure out what happened.”

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