Tuesday, 19 January 2021 12:30

Sanctuary closes

Written by  Milking It

A North Canterbury cow sanctuary that was investigated by Ministry of Primary Industries for alleged animal welfare breaches has folded.


'Til the Cows Come Home' opened its doors near Cust in July 2017, to provide a 'safe haven' for rescued farm animals. Owner Jasmine Hubber, 20, at one stage had about 200 cows across six grazing sites. Many of them were sick or injured bobby calves or retired dairy cows, which were saved from slaughter.

In September 2020, MPI staff visited the sanctuary following a call from a member of the public who was concerned about the condition of the cattle. Inspectors found about 200 cows across multiple properties, with large numbers "in poor condition".

Five malnourished animals had to be put down and dozens were re-homed.

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