The following is a local update for all those involved in agriculture.

Many of you are probably already aware of attempts and/or completed attempts concerning animal rescue. All farmers in the area need to be aware and stay alert of suspicious activity related to these incidents.

Individuals typically arrive by vehicle and attempt to do surveillance of the farm. The intent of the surveillance is to gather information for a potential "rescue" of farm animals.

Sheriff Filicetti stated, "any illegal action taken by these individuals will be treated as criminal activity. The entering of private property, entering of buildings or stealing of livestock is a crime. Law enforcement in Niagara County will be vigilant for any of this activity and take appropriate action if a crime is committed. I stand with our farmers and the protection of their property."

The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office issued these tips:

  • In response to recent events surrounding animal activists’ indications of “rescuing” farm animals, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind farmers and livestock owners to be vigilant for any suspicious activity on their property.
  • If you see any suspicious vehicles on or around your property, attempt to get a description of suspicious vehicle, including license plate if possible. If the vehicle leaves the area prior to the arrival of law enforcement, try to get a direction of travel.
  • Get description of suspicious persons including race, sex, and other physical descriptors.
  • Report any and all suspicious behavior to law enforcement immediately either by calling 716-438-3393 or 911 in an emergency. Do not attempt to engage suspicious people or vehicles.
  • Make sure you have your property secured as best you can. Keys removed from vehicles; property illuminated as best you can.
  • If it is safe to do so, attempt to gather photographs or videos for law enforcement to use in the investigation.


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Last updated May 9, 2023