Ranch Moves Rather Than Fight County

A camel, alpaca pigs and horses. They didn't come two by two but Joy Soby moved the animals after a flood of complaints.The ranch owner says, "A lot of neighbors in the community were frustrated, they didn't want animals in their community."

Rather than give up two dozen animals to qualify for a permit in Washington County, the Sobys are moving with the help of 120 volunteers.

Volunteer Krista Demmel of Lifegate church says, "I can't imagine trying to move and entire ranch/farm by your self so we're glad to be able to lend our muscles."

Rescued from neglect the ranch animals help in therapy for abused children. Joy Soby says, "An animal will show them unconditional love."
After finding a foreclosed horse farm with 10 additional acres Soby ranch is moving just four miles. So now some 50 animals are resident of Douglas County. Joy says the new Soby ranch meets Douglas County codes and hopefully the approval of neighbors across the road.

Jeri Dollison a neighbor says, " We love to be outside now we have goats and donkeys so I think it’s great."

Soby ranch and its occupants have a new home across county lines.
Joy Soby says, "Its just easier to sometimes move on."


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