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East Side hayride more horrible than haunted



Published: Fri, October 28, 2011 @ 12:10 a.m.

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

A city woman has been offering haunted hayrides across East Side property, but to some, the most haunting aspect of the ride is the condition of animals.

Police charged Tricia Floyd, 59, of Atkinson Avenue, with having litter, garbage, rubbish and junk on her property. She also is facing a second misdemeanor charge of failing to clear the property of weeds and plants.

She is scheduled to appear Dec. 5 before Judge Robert Milich of Youngstown Municipal Court.

Floyd had been charging $7 for haunted hayrides across the Atkinson Avenue property under the name Frightmare Forest Haunted Hayride every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Police said the property also is known as the Lazy Dazy Farm.

Several patrons complained that the animals on the property appeared to be mistreated with one of them possibly having broken legs.

Patrons also reported the property is in “deplorable condition” with large amounts of debris and rubbish.

Many of those visiting the property for the hayride attraction were so disturbed by the condition of the animals and property that they called the mayor’s office, Animal Charity and the Mahoning County dog warden’s office.

Laura Fulmer, city housing code enforcement officer, Dave Nelson, a deputy dog warden, and agents with Animal Charity converged on the property Tuesday for an inspection.

Fulmer said the home’s front porch was filled from floor to ceiling with indoor furniture, trash, hay and debris. She said the 60-acre yard was filled with everything from tires, car parts and scrap metal to animal cages, mattresses and children’s toys.

Reports say grass had grown over piles of debris in the yard, creating a nesting area for rats.

Fulmer said Floyd also did not have the proper permits to operate the hayride attraction.

Floyd said Thursday she does not believe the mayor and city officials were flooded with calls. She said “a longtime enemy” is responsible for calling the city.

Floyd said what appears to be debris and trash are the remains of a fire on the property July 9. She said most of the items will be scrapped after it is inventoried.

“We are just not done with everything yet,” she said. “The scrap we cannot scrap yet because it hasn’t been inventoried. We can’t take it away until the insurance company clears it.”

Nelson and humane agents reported 15 dogs, five horses and several cats on the property.

Nelson told Floyd she would need to obtain a kennel license to keep the dogs on the property. Humane agents gave Floyd a written warning stating that they would return to the property in seven days to check on the animals.

Floyd said the dogs dropped in weight after the fire. She said she has continually tried to bring them up to proper weight and will continue to do so.

The horses, she said, are in good shape.

Floyd said she does not own any cats. She admits several stray felines stay on her property and sometimes sneak into her home. She said she will not chase animals away and feels a level of affection for them.

“All my animals are rescued or abandoned,” Floyd said. “They [city officials] said they got a lot of reports from the hayride. I am trying to figure out what this is all about. Animals like me, so they are here. I don’t chase them off, and I take care of them if they come.”

Floyd maintains that not one animal in her care is mistreated and her property will soon be up to code. She previously was cited by city officials for not properly registering her dogs in 2000.


Comments

1steelwagon(284 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

What the hell is going on in Youngstown with all the animal cruelty ?

I don't care what this nut calls it but when you have animals living in filth,trash and debris pardon me but that's abuse,neglect and cruelty.

Oh I forgot her trash still needs inventoried including the rats and vermin.
I hope animal welfare can and will do something to get these poor animals away from this hoarder.

You can be broke,poor strapped for cash but there no excuse for living in filth !!
I'll bet that hayride is mighty haunted.
Anyone who took that gastly ride better get deloused in a hurry...you're infested with God only knows what !!!!!
NASTY NASTY NASTY !!!!

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

The EastSide hayride should be retired . What would be SPOOKTACULAR would be an after midnight ride through the SouthSide . This could be a very daunting experience . . . ..

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3kensgirl(605 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Next time she probably WILL be raising bears! She needs shut down.

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4Bellaboricua(6 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

FIRST OFF, I AM FROM YOUNGSTOWN, THE EAST SIDE AT THAT! AND I HAVE WORKED AT FRIGHTMARE FOREST HAUNTED HAYRIDE FOR 2 YEARS!! NONE OF THOSE ANIMALS ARE NEGLECTED. THOSE DOGS AND HORSES ARE FED EVERYDAY I KNO BECAUSE I HELP FEED THEM SOMETIMES. IF THESE "PHANTOM PATRONS" WHO SO CALLED COMPLAINED, WHY WOULD THEY STILL PAY TO RIDE THE ATTRACTION??? THE ANIMALS ARE LOCATED LONG BEFORE YOU GET TO THE TICKET BOOTH! SO IF YOUR SO WORRIED ABOUT THE ANIMALS WHY PAY TO RIDE OUT ANOTHER 50 ACRES? FOR THE PEOPLE COMMENTING NEGATIVELY, ARE YOU EVEN FROM YOUNGSTOWN?? HOW BOUT THE EASTSIDE?? HAVE YOU EVER BEEN NEAR THE FARM AT ALL?? I DOUBT IT SO BEFORE YOU TAKE THE BIASED WORD OF A NEWSPAPER ARTICLE STOP BY AND SEE FOR YOURSELF, IM SURE YOU WON'T BECAUSE IT MIGHT TAINT YOUR PRECOCIOS BOARDMAN OR CANFIELD IMAGE!! THIS HAYRIDE WAS THE START OF A NEW BUSINESS IN YOUNGSTOWN, SOMETHING WE DESPERATLY NEED! IF THE DOG WARDEN WAS SO WORRIED ABOUT THOSE DOGS, YOU MIGHT ASK HIM WHY THEY BROUGHT DOGS THERE IN THE PAST , DOGS THAT NO ONE ELSE COULD TAKE, DOGS LIKE THE 14YEAR OLD ENGLISH MASTIFF NAMED PO???? THE HUMANE SOCIETY DOES THERE JOB SO IF THOSE ANIMALS WERE SO BAD THEN WHY DIDN'T THEY TAKE THEM RIGHT THEN AND THERE? YES THERE IS SCRAP METAL NEATLY PILED ON A TRAILOR WAITING TO BE SCRAPPED BUT AS TRICIA SAID IT HAS TO BE CLEARED BY THE INSURANCE COMPANY. ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN A MAJOR FIRE WILL TELL YOU THAT. THE ONLY REASON SOME OF THE HOUSEHOLD THINGS WERE ON THE FRONT PORCH IS BECAUSE SOME OF IT BELONGED TO ME FROM WHEN MY FATHER DIED AND I HAD NO PLACE TO PUT IT. ITS WHAT REMAINS OF THE FIRE!!! AND TO THESE DO GOODERS WHO CALLED, ASKED THEM THEY'RE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE HAYRIDE? ONE IS A HEROINE ADDICT WHO WAS LET GO AND IS UPSET BECAUSE WE WON'T HIRE HER BACK. THERE ARE CHILDREN THAT RIDE THIS RIDE SO IT WAS FOR THE SAFETY OF THE PATRONS SINCE EVERY ONE IS WORRIED ABOUT PEOPLES SAFETY. AND WE ARE OPEN TONIGHT AT 7 SO COME OUT AND FIND OUT HOW "GHASTLY" (as one commenter said) IT REALLY IS!

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5Bellaboricua(6 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

ITS NOT MY PROPERTY FOR ONE. AND 2 WE ARE ALLOWED TO OPERATE TONIGHT SO U CAN TAKE THAT TO YOUR HIGH SIDDITY PIPE N SHOVE IT! IM A LOSER?? HA!! THATS WHAT WE RESORT TO WHEN WE HAVE NOTHING ELSE BETTER TO SAY?? WHY NOT FIND OUT TE FACTS THEN MAKE YOUR JUDGEMENT?? O I FORGOT THAT WOULD BE TOO MUCH LIKE SMART!

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6Bellaboricua(6 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

YES I STILL WORK THERE. MY NAME IS JESSICA LYNN GONZALEZ FYI. AND WHY WOULD I DONATE SOMETHING I WDNTED. WHY DON'T U STOP GIVING ADVICE BEFORE YOU KNOW THE FACTS

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7whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Friggen screamer...

Drove by, the place is a dump.

Thank god for cooler weather, the stench is easing up.

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8triciafloyd52(12 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

i find it interesting that some of the people have so much to say about things they truely know nothing about - formerlyytown-- you did not do your math well. to all the rest of you. no rats were or evidence of rats were found. no animals were found injured or removed. animal charity does it's job and investigates all calls and follows up as they should. all permits that might have been needed were requested in aug. the zoning department at that time said none were needed because the hay ride is all on a private property farm including parking. the new garage was inspected wed for the new electric and the scrap is on the wagon ready to go to the scrap yard as soon as all the fire cleanup is complete. the hayride hired people needing extra income and enjoy their work but they have nothing to do with the private house and the fire. the customers have been friends and family for the most part so who really made the call to city hall? flooded with calls?? the hay ride has not been flooded with people.

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9ShaggyLittle(6 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Michael, "your" is not the proper word to use when you want to say "you are". That would be "you're". It is a common mistake, but if YOU'RE going to criticize others about spelling and grammar then get YOURs cleaned up.

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10whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Well the Vindy sure shut them down.

How did they put it,

More horrible then haunted, like alot of people are going to start rushing over there now.

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11triciafloyd52(12 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

the vindy did not shut the hayride down and the hayride is not directly a part of the private address where the dogs are. there is not a stench , don't believe whitesabbath drove by with all his 387 opinions mostly negative on every subject. a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty. that is the american way. there have been many tragedies for this family most could not begin to relate to. if you were me i would be going to se how i could help if not the people the animals.

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12unique24(1 comment)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

I have spent many hours on the farm and have never seen the dogs starving or malnurished those dogs are fed everyday with dog food and even extra scraps. The family would never let the dogs or any of the animals go hungry. I myself have carried water and hay down to the horses in the middle of the winter As for the conditions of the farm there was a fire in the garage everything is still being handled by the insurance company. What I ask is that you understand rather than condem.

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13MARGEOMATIC(128 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

SOUNDS like a crackalacain experience- 7 bucks to see gimp dogs and trash hmmm - GOOD TIMES.

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14ghostofjohnyoung(163 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

This matter sounds like a bunch of BS to me.

The other day it was various code nazis hitting the South Side, now it's some random and rather enormous plot of land on the north east side.

Imagine that.

/ She said the 60-acre yard was filled with everything from tires, car parts and scrap metal to animal cages, mattresses and children’s toys. /

Isn't that what private property is for? Otherwise, why own property...

I highly doubt the property is filled. Talk about liberal language abuse for emphasizing the power stroke of government.

/ Reports say grass had grown over piles of debris in the yard, creating a nesting area for rats. /

Oh no, invasion of the rats.

Rats nest in warm houses, especially wooden ones that are really hard to keep them out of. Let's rule against such buildings and bulldoze them all. Only masonry and marble buildings. Spread the wealth like welfare butter.

Freaking theatrics.

/ Fulmer said Floyd also did not have the proper permits to operate the hayride attraction. /

A hayride permit?!?! You are kidding right?

What does the city exactly think someone should do on their own private property? Other than pay taxes and not use it...

Have to note that the property is zoned AGRICULTURAL. As such, lots of the city's invasion and intrusion is limited.

Shameful situation really blown up by the Vindy and the city's Laura Fulmer.

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15whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Go to WKBN.com and look at video of this mess. Animals look ok though, I would think about getting more and better dog houses.

Wouldn't recommend the "HORRIBLE HAY-RIDE" but to each's own.

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16Askmeificare(700 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

@ lefty83:

Ha Ha! That is funny as he'll! LOL!

@ MARGEOMATIC:

"SOUNDS like a crackalacain experience- 7 bucks to see gimp dogs and trash hmmm - GOOD TIMES."

That's what I was thinking! LOL! It's the PERFECT place to celebrate Halloween. Can I rent a few acres out for Pagan celebrations...?! :)

"She previously was cited by city officials for not properly registering her dogs in 2000."

That's all this lady has previously against her?! Leave the lady alone.

I watched the WKBN video from the link that whitesabbath provided ( thank you whitesabbath ) and I saw NOTHING WRONG.

Actually seems like an awesome place for a haunted hayride.

Great luck and success haunted hayride and all involved!

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17Bellaboricua(6 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

LOL THANK YOU ALL FOR THE ONES WHO HAVE LOOKED AT THIS STORY IN AN OBJECTIVE MANNER. AS I STATED BEFORE IV NEARLY GROWN UP AS A GOOD FRIEND OF THE FAMILY WHO OWN THE FARM AND IF ANYTHING THEY HAVE TAKEN IN ANIMALS WHO HAVE BEEN ABUSED! AND LET'S BE REAL HOW MANY PEOPLE GET PUPPY'S FROM THE VINDYS CLASSIFIED ADS AND DON'T GET THEM PROPERLY REGISTERED?? SO TO THE JUDGEMENTAL KNOW IT ALL'S I'D LIKE YOU TO LOOK AT YOURSELVES AND TELL ME YOUR PERFECT. AS FAR AS OUR HAYRIDE GOE WE HAVE GOTTEN NOTHING BUT GREAT REVIEWS. WERE JUST TRYING TO BRING A LITTLE BUSINESS TO YOUNGSTOWN. BUT THAT'S WHAT'S WRONG WITH AMERICA, THE LITTLE GUYS GET KNOCKED DOWN SO WE CAN NEVER GROW. AFRAID OF A LITTLE COMPITION? I THINK SO. THANK YOU TO THE COMMENTER WHO WROTE ABOUT THE HARVARD ENGLISH MAJORS WHO LIKE TO PERSECUTE OTHERS FOR THEY'RE GRAMMER, YEA I MIGHT TALK IN ALL CAPS AND I MAY NOT HAVE THE BEST GRAMMER BUT AT LEAST IM SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT THE MEDIA BLOWS EERYTHING OUT OF PROPORTION. AND ALSO TO FORMERYTOWN, SHUTTTTTTUUUUPPPP LOL GOD DO YOU EVEN KNOW TRICIA FLOYD? I DO, FOR ABOUT TWENTY YEARS NOW. SHE HAS NEVER WENT TO EAST HIGH AND NEVER HARVARD. SHE IS FROM SALEM AND WENT TO YSU. SO BEFORE YOU MAKE UP FACTS TO MAKE YOUR SMART ASS COMMENTS MAKE SURE NO ONE WHO ACTUALLY KBOWS THE TRUTH CAN SEE YOUR WORDS. EWWWW PPL MAKE ME SICK. SO DAMN JUDGMENTAL FOR NO REASON

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18klc076(1 comment)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

It is just amazing to me how people love to tear down others. Why don't you spend your time helping instead of writing horrible things on here. May God have mercy on ALL our souls!!!

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19whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Here is a smart azz comment,

TURN YOUR FRIGGEN CAPS OFF !!!

Would of never said a word until you started in with your b.s.

By the way there is a beautiful clean hay ride and apple toss at Wagon trails Animal Park, Viena Township.

Highly reccommeded.

If you want see more of the horrible hayride go to wkbn.com

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20Bellaboricua(6 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

IM ALMOST SURE I CAN TYPE HOW EVER I LIKE ON HERE. THEN AGAIN WITH CLOSED MINDED IGNORANT PPL LIKE YOU RUNNING OUR COUNTRY IM NOT SURE I EVEN HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH ANYMORE. ANYHOW SINCE YOUR SO THRILLED ABOUT VIENNAS HAYRIDE WHY NOT GO RIDE..... OFF A CLIFF BECAUSE QUITE FRANKLY IDC WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT OUR HAYRIDE I LOVE IT AND SO DO ALL OUR CUSTOMERS!! HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY HUN!!!!!

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21whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

LOL --- thats your best ?

Muahh ha ha ha ha

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22GhostlyFour(1 comment)posted 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I was going to this hayride tonight but thanks to this article I won't be spending my hard earned money and giving it to someone who abuses creatures!!!!!!!! This is despicable!!!!! She should be shut down from making this money!

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