More than a thousand gallons of milk spilled after a farm in Torrington fell victim to Christmas Eve vandals.
The Weigold family said the crime was simple and quick, but devastating.
They said whoever did it walked in, turned the cap to the storage tanks and flipped the level to let the milk out.
"It might as well be blood on the floor for us," said Karl Weigold, farmer. "It's just wrong."
The family said they woke up on Dec. 24 to find something they haven't seen in six generations of farming.
"There was milk all over the floor in the milk room," Karl Weigold said. "Just a big mess to come out to."
They said the vandals struck overnight. Every drop produced by the family's 71 cows was lost.
They estimated more than 1,000 gallons went down the drain.
"There's not a lot of money in this business, especially for a smaller farm," Karl Weigold said. "It really hurts, especially this time of the year."
The Weigolds said they milk their cows everyday.
"Cabot [and] McCormick, there's a bunch of different companies buying milk through Agri-Mart," Karl Weigold said.
The family spent Christmas Eve cleaning up the mess and shoring up their security system.
"Things are getting locked," Karl Weigold said. "A friend of mine bought us cameras."
With hundreds of dollars in profits lost, the Weigolds said they tried to salvage the holiday.
"So it's been very hard on us to make ends meet around here," Karl Weigold said.
The family said their road is isolated, so it seemed as if they were targeted.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Torrington Police Department.
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