Dozens of Goats
It was early August 2014 when HAHS got a call from Lake County Animal Control that they needed help with some goats that were in bad shape. Leaving right away, HAHS staff got to the site to find a herd of goats that were extremely thin and potbellied. Many of the goats were only 3-5 months old and all were covered in lice. One young goat had just recently died and another goat was decomposing in the field. Many more bones littered the property. Although the animals had plenty of grass, there was no water source except for an algae filled pond and it was clear that they were all unhealthy and weak. Unable to walk far, HAHS staff and animal control carried 11 goats off of the property and into the waiting HAHS trailer. But one goat was missing! The smallest and weakest of the goats had fallen by the barn in the commotion and it was only after much searching that we thankfully were able to carry him to safety with the others.
Waldo, the smallest of the goats, was in very poor shape when he was rescued.
Many of the goats were very thin and sickly looking
Once at HAHS, the vet came out immediately and we discovered the goats had lungworms, tapeworms, coxidiosis, and lice. The goats were all rated a body score of 1 or 1.5, which is emaciated, and had terrible, wet coughs and runny noses. Treatment started right away, but the next day the smallest of the goats had fallen and would not get up. It was a hot day, so a HAHS staff member took him inside right away and tried to get him to drink. Because he was so young, we began feeding him milk replacer every few hours. Things were looking dire for the little goat, but through the night he gained strength and after a few days, he was able to stand and starting eating hay again. This little black and white goat had a habit of hiding in secret places, so we named him Waldo. He was the littlest of the goats, but eventually got to the point where he could go outside with the other goats.
Midway during rehabilitation, the goats had all gained weight, but many were still potbellied and struggling to regain their health.
Recovery was slow for all of the goats and 10 of the 12 also had to be neutered, but soon they were starting to act the way baby goats should! Their curiosity began to bloom and they enjoyed eating anything and everything! We were all so happy to see them out their first day in the field, running and climbing on our goat playset. All 12 goats are friendly as can be and we are sure they will be wonderful additions to any home!
Happy and playful goats!