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‘Prop’ Goat Rescued During Photo Shoot

Written by PETA | September 14, 2011

A participant in a photo shoot became a model of compassion when she saved a goat’s life. The goat was being used as a “prop,” and the shoot took place on a scorching-hot summer day on a California ranch. The visitor found the goat lying on the ground with hooves that were so overgrown that he was unable to stand up or reach food and water.

The witness contacted PETA, and we quickly alerted animal control. And voilà! The goat was surrendered to animal control within 24 hours. It likely took months for the hooves to grow so painfully long, but the goat’s owner claimed that he “didn’t notice.” (Yet the photo shoot participant noticed them with one glance.) PETA is asking for cruelty charges.

After a long overdue hoof trim and some TLC, the goat was put up for adoption, his photo prop days behind him.

You don’t have to be an expert to tell that an animal might be suffering. If something doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t right, so please speak up!


Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Luis M says:

    Now that is a sexy woman, saving a poor animal, that shows that true beauty comes from the heart, and I hope someone forgets to trim the goat owner´s nails for years so he experiences the pain the goat experienced

  • candace says:

    presumably he’s been adopted as a pet and won’t be eaten? poor little thing, looks so beautiful and gentle.

  • kamikazevegan says:

    god, i love PETA

  • Ginger says:

    Cruelty for sure! We have 2 goats and their hooves *must* be trimmed monthly or rocks, feces, thorns, etc get stuck under the nail and cause pain! Their hooves are very much like human nails – imagine yourself with toenails that long! Goats are sensitive, delicate, and so loving – they like the same things dogs do (play, love, companionship, and protect their owners). Thank God the goat was removed and treated. I rescued my goats! <3

  • Kathleen Kennedy says:

    Wow! Awesome! Human compassion at it’s finest. I knew it was out there! This story made my day!

  • Cristina Cassinelli says:

    Wonderful lady and wonderful PETA!!!

  • Sarah says:

    This is such a great example for anybody who thinks that “one person alone can’t make a difference.” This wonderful lady changed this poor animals life in just a phone call.

  • Meech! says:

    Poor goaty-goat! I want to shnuggle his floppy ears!! Thank you THANK YOU to the people who save him from such obvious discomfort and neglect. (^_^)

  • Rebekah Donahue says:

    How about checking the former owners home and see how his other animals are. I bet he has more neglected commodities at home.

  • Jessica says:

    I’m so proud of PETA

  • Brittany says:

    Omg Poor Baby! Hope he gets a loving forever home! I also hope who committed this cruel and horrible act of neglect is placed where he/she belongs… In jail! No animal ever deserves to be neglected and abused!

  • Sonny A says:

    What a Star this lady was! Some people would of ignored this creature and just got on with their job but she did the right thing!If it wasnt for her it woulda still been suffering

  • george metaxas says:

    stop the madness. cruelty charges must be filed!

  • Linda Gilligan says:

    This is horrible…….I have Goats and love them dearly…..would love to have this baby….did she find a home?

  • Erin Hansen says:

    I feel that compassionate people who care about right from wrong in taking the animal to safety and caring for him and showing responsibility always will win. Those people just don’t count anymore. Charges should be filed. When they suffer consequences for their actions, they will think twice, believe me. They are sick! We love em all!

  • Christine says:

    People that only see money = animal cruelty.

  • Jana Dankova says:

    Unbelievable cruelty!The poor goat’s owner must be charged!

  • kathy says:

    The goat’s guardian probably let them grow too long because he/she didn’t want the goat moving around during photo shoots. It makes it so the goat just stay wherever she/he is placed in the photo. Animals used in the entertainment industry are treated like commodities.

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