Goat owners search for answers after animal cruelty incident

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Updated: 9/13/2013 2:09 am
Lyon County, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- A Fernley resident and a farmer in Silver Springs are searching for answers after they reported an animal cruelty incident to the Lyon County Sheriff's Department over Labor Day weekend.

Bob Stinnett and Cliff Lewis are not the only ones who can't seem to get a straight answer about what's going on after they reported an animal cruelty incident in Lyon County.

A Sergeant with the Lyon County Sheriff's Department tells News 4 that there is not an on-going investigation, but they are aware of the supposed incident.

"The one that got hurt is usually the first one there, this particular morning she wasn't at the gate, " says Bob Stinnett.

Fernley resident, Bob Stinnett recalls searching his pasture Labor Day weekend, after noticing his herd of goats was one short.

"I went lookin' for her, she was out laying in the field, so I walked over to her and she got up on three legs," says Stinnett.

The worst part for Bob, was telling his good friend Cliff Lewis, who owns the goat named Maggie, that she had been hurt while in his care, "Bad, I told him, I said Cliff, I'll give you one of mine," says Stinnett.

Cliff, a farmer in Silver Springs now has Maggie back at his place, but she's not the same, using only three legs to get around, "Well I think they probably tried to throw her over the fence," says Cliff Lewis.

The morning Bob found Maggie, he immediately called the Lyon County Sheriff's Department to report the incident. Bob says two deputies came out to his home and he showed them where he thought the suspects tried to get Maggie over the fence.

I asked Bob if the deputies told him they were going to investigate the incident further, Bob said, "Oh absolutely, yeah."

However, when News 4 called the Sheriff's Department on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, a sergeant said no official report was ever filed, but the sergeant was aware of the incident.

"I can't figure out why there would be no report about it or anything," says Cliff.

Bob is confused as well, he says, "There's definitely more to it, then what's being told to me."

Since Maggie was injured, word has gotten around town, drawing the attention of the Nevada Goat Producer's Association. Paula Terrell, the Vice President of NGPA says, "When we first heard about it, we were all horrified at the act itself, but then we were also dismayed that the Sheriff's Department didn't take it as seriously as we thought they should have done."

Ultimately, Cliff believes it was a group of area high school kids and he wants them to learn a lesson, "It's mischievous kids and I think they should set some reasonable punishment or pay some restitution."

After seeing the injured goat and speaking with Bob and Cliff, News 4 reached out to the Lyon County Sheriff's Department again for comment on Thursday, September 12, 2013.

The woman who answered the phone referred to the incident as a "rumor control" issue and said that no one would be available for comment until Monday.

It's important to point out that as this story has spread there have been some rumors regarding the injuries suffered by Maggie the goat, that have turned out not to be true.
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Ktkt1955 - 9/13/2013 9:10 PM
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I completely agree with the goat owner; however, there will not be anything done about this until it is reported and taken to a high court. I do not think there will be anything done about the whole situation. I hope and pray that those responsible will be found and punished for their irresponsible and cold hearted actions. Restitution and jail time would be my choice of punishments. And for anyone thinking I would not have these actions or restitution and jail time your dead wrong! I would take them to the police myself, this kind of prank proves these kids are not pranksters, but cold hearted vandals. These kids most likely have mental health issues also as this is one of the factors for kids who are as adults always in trouble with the law.

Old Parnell - 9/13/2013 8:55 AM
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Is it deja vu, or did I just read Lyon County Sheriff's Department and "searching for answers" in yet another article?

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