SYRACYUSE, N.Y. -- The owner of an alpaca farm in upstate New York is worried about the fate of the animals. Sheila Zych has lost 30 of the valuable animals recently and she has no idea what's causing their deaths.
Zych has been an alpaca farmer for four years.She takes several precautions at her farm including a 24/7 video surveillance that features 14 live feeds.
"I still have concerns about how to best protect the animals," Zych said.
The video hasn't shown anyone trespassing or hurting the animals. Luckily, most of them are insured.
"I love them, they're very gentle creatures," she said.
Zych believes someone is sending her a political message before campaign season because she is school board president in her town. She thinks the animals are being injected with Phenol.
"I don't have any of those chemicals around here," she said. "The feed comes from a regular source that everyone else uses. And the water is the same water I drink."
The farm owner feels there is no explanation for the animal's early deaths other than poison. Their life expectancy is up to 20 years.