Prank or theft? Alabama woman arrested, accused of stealing neighbor’s goat, painting it blue

Published 9:42 am Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Was it a prank gone wrong or a theft?

An Alabama woman was arrested on an animal cruelty charge after officials say she took her neighbors’ goat and painted it blue without permission.

After she was arrested Erica Marie Farmer, 34, of Gulf Shores says the incident was a harmless prank gone wrong.

Farmer faces a felony theft of property — second-degree charge and animal cruelty charge. Farmer’s bond was set at $6,000.

According to officials, the theft of any livestock in the state of Alabama falls under the felony guideline.

The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office told McLatchy News that the goat’s owner came home Sunday to discover that the animal was missing from her yard. The owner said the goat was in her yard when she left the house.

The owner learned that photos of the goat — which had been painted blue — had been posted on social media. The owner called authorities.

Officials say Farmer removed the goat from her neighbor’s property and brought it to her house to show her child. They say at some point she decided to paint the animal with food coloring and blue shampoo.

Farmer has since admitted to taking and painting the goat, but she insists she didn’t know that it was the neighbor’s goat because it was often at her cousin’s house.

She said the incident was meant to be a harmless prank and that she would never hurt the animal.