Farm Sanctuary Shelter Manager Sentenced for Lamb Theft

In March, the Gannett News Service reported that Farm Sanctuary shelter manager Susan Coston was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and ordered to pay $200 in restitution for stealing a black lamb from a New York farm. She was also ordered to write a letter of apology to the lamb’s owner.

According to Gannett, Coston originally received a call claiming there was an injured lamb on a farm in the Town of Tyrone on November 22, 2002. She went to the farm, but no one was home. So she took the injured lamb and took it to a veterinary hospital where the animal was eventually euthanized.

Police arrested her later that day and charged her with third-degree burglary for stealing the lamb, but that charge was later reduced to misdemeanor criminal trespass.


Lamb thief gets community service. Jennifer Kingsley, Gannett News Service, March 18, 2003.