Security company makes surveillance donation at vandal-plagued animal farm

Children's Animal Farm at Sarnia's Canatara Park. (Photo by Tourism Sarnia-Lambton)

Video surveillance is being installed at the Children’s Animal Farm in Canatara Park to discourage chronic vandalism.

Hughes Intelligence Security Services is donating security cameras that will be in place by mid-September, and will also provide overnight security patrols of the property seven days a week until the end of 2021.

Sarnia General Manager of Community Services Stacey Forfar said the popular farm has been the target of vandals over the last number of years, including a break-in at the end of July.

“A number of animals were actually let loose out of their cages and it was not a very good situation,” said Forfar. “The Humane Society responded and did a great job of getting everybody back into their pens, for the most part safe, but that was a final straw for us.”

The Hughes Intelligence donation was made through the Seaway Kiwanis Club Sarnia Children’s Farm Foundation.

“I believe it’s going to be somewhere between $5,000 to $10,000 for the cameras and the overnight patrol donation for over a year’s worth of services is over $20,000, so it’s going to hit around $30,000 all in, which is really wonderful.”

The farm is owned by the City of Sarnia and operated by the Sarnia and District Humane Society.