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Upstate animal rescue farm at risk because of divorce orders

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GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate wildlife rescue center is at risk of being shut down and sold by court order, as part of the owners' divorce hearings.

Big Oaks Rescue Farm in Greenwood has been a sanctuary for abused or neglected animals since 2007. Now, owner, Joe Mann is standing up against a judge and willing to go to jail, to keep his farm.

Mann said he's been living at the farm for the last two years, and he said that aside from his daughter, the animals are the only thing that matter to him. He's just scared for what may come for them.

He said there are more than 300 animals living on his property, everything from horses, mules, donkeys, pigs, sheep, emus and cows.

Mann said he's been looking after homeless animals since he was a kid, it's more than a hobby or job; it's a passion.

But now through divorce hearings, Mann said he may be forced to sell everything, including his farm.

He said that Monday, a judge told him he needed to sign a sales contract or he could be held in contempt of court.

"I certainly don't want to go to jail, but I can't sign. I cannot sign for this farm to be sold. I have nowhere to put these animals," said Mann.

Mann's wife's attorney declined to comment during pending litigation.

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