AG Tong: State moves to take custody of 65 neglected goats from Redding property
Attorney General William Tong announced on Friday that the
state has moved for permanent custody of 65 injured and neglected goats seized
from a Redding property earlier this month.
Nancy Burton, who owns the property, was arrested and
charged with animal cruelty. Her case is ongoing in Danbury Superior Court.
According to the attorney general, authorities discovered
“between 40-50 dead goats in multiple locations of the property in various
stages of decomposition in plastic bags, piled underneath a tarp, inside trash
containers, and partially buried.”
“One recently deceased goat was found in a shelter, with
straw around its hooves and displaced in a semi-circle pattern carved into the
ground, indicating that the animal had been struggling for a significant amount
of time before expiring.”
In October 2020, the Department of Agriculture says it
received a complaint about injured goats and general care issues on the
property. Previous complaints about the same property date back to 2017
regarding roaming goats and the number of goats on the property.
State Animal Control and Redding Animal Control officers
made numerous visits to the property and met with the property owner to further
assess and resolve the situation, officials say.
Based on citizen complaints and surveillance that allegedly
revealed animal welfare concerns, including mobility issues due to untrimmed
hooves, excessive manure, lack of sufficient water and structures in poor
condition that did not provide adequate protection from the weather, the
Department of Agriculture was granted a search and seizure warrant for the
Neighbors told News 12 that Burton has been keeping dozens
of goats for over five years. Burton's neighbors say the goats roam freely on
Burton's property and sometimes also go on to other people's property to eat and