Some children in Longview, Wash. made a disturbing discovery on Father’s Day when they found a mutilated goat. On Wednesday, June 19, KOMO 4 News reported that one goat was killed and mutilated and it appeared that the perpetrator was preparing to kill another goat.
According to animal control officers, this is some of the worst animal abuse that they’ve ever seen.
Kaylee Ainslie first found her neighbor’s goats in the back of a pasture. Kaylee hopes to be a veterinarian and enjoys spending time with and feeding the animals.
“We were walking around and I saw a bump,” she said on Wednesday.
“Then I walked over and I said, ‘Guys, there’s a dead goat laying here.’ I was a little bit freaked out. My cousin ran and got the grown-ups.”
Briggs and Stratton were the children’s favorite pair of goats. According to Kaylee’s grandmother, Joyce, Briggs’ skin had been taken from above his hoot and was loose on his side. Stratton was bound with zip-ties around his legs, but he was still alive.
The goats’ owner and animal control officers believe that the person who attacked the animals was disturbed when they were preparing to kill Stratton.
“All the other goats get scared now because of what happened,” stated Kaylee.
She believes that the people who killed Briggs are “really bad people who don’t care about anything.”
The goats’ owner told animal control that Briggs may have died from shock while he was being skinned alive.
If you know something about this attack, please contact Cowlitz County animal control here.
Washington State has strong animal cruelty laws to protect pets from animal abuse.
RCW 16.52.205: Animal cruelty in the first degree
(1) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the first degree when, except as authorized in law, he or she intentionally
(a) inflicts substantial pain on,
(b) causes physical injury to, or
(c) kills an animal by a means causing undue suffering, or forces a minor to inflict unnecessary pain, injury, or death on an animal.
(2) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the first degree when, except as authorized by law, he or she, with criminal negligence, starves, dehydrates, or suffocates an animal and as a result causes:
(a) Substantial and unjustifiable physical pain that extends for a period sufficient to cause considerable suffering; or
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