FROM

A mysterious fire. Brutalized animals. Extortion. Rickety Ranch isn’t the haven its owners dreamed of.

A small farm in Hollis, N.H., has evolved into a place to rescue animals — as well as a place of local intrigue. –Jim Davis/Globe Staff

HOLLIS, N.H. — When they took over the 2.6-acre plot of land on Nartoff Road a decade and a half ago, Gary and Diana Bergeron had no intention of turning it into an animal rescue farm; things just sort of worked out that way.

Here came Julianna, a horse that had been injured in a tractor-trailer accident. Here came a pair of mini donkeys — Jack and Tex — from a woman who was going through a divorce and no longer had a place to keep them. Here came chickens and alpacas and Chance the piglet, a runt who had been headed toward euthanization before the Bergerons stepped in.

Advertisement

As the years passed, their little farm would swell to include dozens of animals, maintained with a dedicated collection of helpers — middle- and high-school-aged kids from the area who made daily trips to the property to assist with feeding and cleaning.

Close

Get the latest breaking news sent directly to your phone. Download our free app.