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.