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 of a 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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