Redding woman faces 65 counts of animal cruelty after state removes goats from her home

A Redding woman was in court Thursday to face dozens of animal cruelty charges after the state seized all of her goats.

News 12 Staff

Apr 22, 2021, 6:54 PM

Updated 1,128 days ago

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A Redding woman was in court Thursday to face dozens of animal cruelty charges after the state seized all of her goats.
State police say 71-year-old Nancy Burton turned herself in Friday after being charged with 65 counts of animal cruelty charges - one for each goat confiscated.
The Department of Agriculture with the help of Redding police took the goats last month from her property on Cross Highway.
Officials say 40-50 goats were also dead. Burton claims she buried them, but some were in plastic bags and inside trash containers.
Officials say they received numerous complaints about goats roaming in and around her property - with many being uncared for.
Burton represented herself in court and was told by a judge that she is not allowed to own any animals while this case is ongoing.
She told News 12 Connecticut after court, "These goats are my heart and soul. I brought them all up from birth. I took the best care of them that I possibly could. They were very well-fed, watered. They got extra food all the time when it snowed and others were inside watching TV. I was out there getting snowed on to make sure my goats were as well-off as they could possibly be."
Burton is not being held. She's due back in court on May 26.
Burton says she is still waiting for more paperwork from the state before she can prepare her case.


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