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Goats Prance Through Grass Again Thanks to Brilliant Barn Rescue

Goats Prance Through Grass Again Thanks to Brilliant Barn Rescue


Written by Patricia Hughes of New York

A few years ago while I assisted a cat rescue group trap barn cats in a trap-neuter-release (TNR) project, I wandered into the back room ofa large barn and found two goats sittting in old hay. I found it strange that they did not stand or try to move away. The property owner said that they were pygmy fainting goats (Abbot and Costello) who could no longer stand up because he did not know how to care for their hooves. I took one look at the gnarled elongated hooves and nearly cried. It seemed bad enough that this man had let the cats multiply out of control (we spayed and neutered over 70 cats) but to neglect these goats so severely was horrid.

I had a friend who raised goats and called her from the barn on my cell phone. She related that what I had described was severe ‘foundering’ and needed immediate attention.

Well, it took six visits gently cutting back the hooves of each goat. On our sixth visit, as we drove toward the barn, Abbott and Costello came dancing down the hill and butted us for sheer joy! (Image above is representative as no image of the real Abbot and Costello was available)

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6:49PM PDT on Jun 1, 2012

If the man didn't know how to care for their hooves he should have called a vet. If he didn't want to pay for proper care he should have given them away to someone who would take care of them!! You should have called the Humane Society or someone else. They should have been taken away from him and he should have been charged with animal cruelty!!

6:18PM PDT on May 25, 2012

Thank you for helping make these two goats' lives happy again.

2:18AM PDT on May 22, 2012

So good to see and hear about them having the life they deserve.

12:11PM PDT on May 19, 2012

great article, thanks for sharing :)

6:05AM PDT on May 13, 2012

Just brilliant! Thankyou, Patricia!

12:37PM PDT on May 10, 2012

Good for you! Lucky that you knew someone who knew what to do! But the goats really should have been taken away from such a neglectful owner and put into a situation where they will not slowly revert back to their original state. I hope someone is monitoring that they stay healthy.

5:01AM PDT on May 9, 2012

Just love these goats and so happy for them. Bless them and their rescuers.

3:56AM PDT on May 8, 2012

Thank goodness that these goats got the help they needed. wonderful!

12:10PM PDT on May 7, 2012

YAY Patricia!!!

10:22AM PDT on May 7, 2012

Grazie per la bellissima storia.

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