Three women charged, two an­i­mals re­cov­ered

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

A pet goat wear­ing a nappy was seen by Baw Baw CIU de­tec­tives at a Koo wee rup house last week be­fore they ar­rested and charged two women with theft of live­stock from the Gippy Goat Café.

A third woman was charged yes­ter­day. The charges re­late to al­le­ga­tions the three women stole goats and a lamb from the Yar­ragon prop­erty on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 23.

A 24-year-old Koo wee rup woman and a 43year-old Bo­neo woman were charged with theft last week. De­tec­tives yes­ter­day charged a 37-year-old Sea­holme woman with theft.

Two lac­tat­ing goats, a dairy doe be­ing treated for lame­ness, as well as a black kid and an un­weaned lamb from a chil­dren’s pet­ting nurs­ery were al­legedly stolen from the Gippy Goat Café.

About 50 an­i­mal ac­tivists at­tended at the Gor­dons Rd prop­erty at about 6.45am on De­cem­ber 23. Po­lice re­ported at the time that when they ar­rived at the farm ac­tivists were threat­en­ing to re­move the en­tire herd which con­sisted of about 1000 goats.

As a re­sult of the in­ci­dent, the café closed its doors for sev­eral days un­til De­cem­ber 27.

De­tec­tives ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at a Koo wee rup house last Mon­day be­fore charg­ing a 24-year-old woman with theft.

De­tec­tives re­cov­ered the al­legedly stolen lamb and dairy goat. De­tec­tives re­ported there was other un­re­lated live­stock at the prop­erty and a pet goat was seen in­side the house in nap­pies.

The 43-year-old woman was ar­rested at a Rose­bud prop­erty last Mon­day and also was charged with theft.

De­tec­tives are still search­ing for the other miss­ing an­i­mals and in­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing, with more ar­rests pos­si­ble.

The three women were bailed to ap­pear at La­trobe Val­ley Mag­is­trates’ Court on Fe­bru­ary 18.

The Gippy Goat Café Face­book page re­ported last Mon­day the lamb and the milk­ing doe had been lo­cated and re­turned.

Owner John Gom­mans was pleased to have two of the an­i­mals re­turned. He re­ported the lamb was in good con­di­tion, but the milk­ing doe had lost a lot of weight and was no longer in milk.

The café ac­knowl­edged the as­sis­tance of po­lice in pur­su­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The Face­book post said ac­tivists had claimed the goat was ill and was not re­ceiv­ing treat­ment.

Mr Gom­mans said it was the sec­ond time in six months that ac­tivists had tar­geted the cafe and stolen an­i­mals.

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