PERRIS (CNS) - An exotic animal farm in Perris was burglarized Monday, resulting in about two dozen llamas being stolen and other creatures being turned loose, possibly by animal rights activists.
The break-in occurred during the predawn hours at the 14-acre private facility near Orange Avenue and Murrieta Road, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
"We received a call about 6:30 a.m. regarding numerous llamas and emus walking on Orange," Deputy Robyn Flores said in a statement released to media. "During the investigation, it was learned that a lock on the fence had been cut, which allowed the animals to leave the property.''
With the help of animal control officers, deputies and operators of the facility succeeded in corralling the creatures, Flores said.