Blind goat stolen from Al­berta animal sanctuary

The Beacon Herald - - NATIONAL NEWS -

WE­TASKI­WIN, Alta. — An animal sanctuary south of Ed­mon­ton is of­fer­ing a $10,000 no-ques­tions-asked reward for the return of a blind goat named Daisy.

Melissa Fo­ley, founder of the Farm Animal Res­cue and Re­hom­ing Move­ment near We­taski­win, said the sev­en­month-old goat had her eyes and tongue eaten by crows shortly af­ter she was born, which has left her with many spe­cial needs.

“If we can’t get some­body to bring a blind goat for­ward for $10,000, I hon­estly don’t know what will make it hap­pen,” Fo­ley said. “That’s a lot of money for us and that’s some­thing that we are going to have to deal with, but Daisy is worth it. We will do what­ever we can to get her home.”

Fo­ley said Daisy van­ished Sun­day night from the res­cue group’s prop­erty about 10 min­utes out­side of town.

Neigh­bours told her they saw a ve­hi­cle they didn’t rec­og­nize at the home and heard dogs bark­ing, then found the gate was closed in­cor­rectly.

Fo­ley said Daisy gets by with the help and com­pan­ion­ship of her best friend, a sheep named Mer­lin, who has been blind since birth.

But Daisy strug­gles more, Fo­ley said, be­cause she had her sight and then lost it.

“She has a lot of mal­adap­tive be­hav­iours where she will get spin­ning in cir­cles and scream­ing and she hurts her­self, so we have med­i­ca­tions and rou­tines and things she needs 24 hours a day to keep her happy with the life that she has.”

Mer­lin hasn’t been him­self since Daisy dis­ap­peared.

“Cry­ing a lot and baaah-ing,” Fo­ley said. “Just a lit­tle bit off.”

Fo­ley is ask­ing for the pub­lic to be on the look­out for the goat.

Searchers have been out since the animal dis­ap­peared and they planned to start knock­ing on doors in We­taski­win on Tues­day. The Cana­dian Press

MELISSA FO­LEY HANDOUT/VIA

Daisy the blind goat is shown in a handout photo. Of­fi­cials at an animal sanctuary near We­taski­win, Alta., are of­fer­ing a $10,000 no-ques­tions-asked reward for the return of Daisy.

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