Someone killed three pet goats at non-profit Alabama farm for at-risk youth

Published 1:23 pm Thursday, February 9, 2023

Criminal investigators are searching for suspects after three goats were shot and killed last weekend at an Alabama non-profit farm specializing in work with at-risk youth.

“Our hearts are saddened to share with you that Hope Afield’s three pet goats that our students cared for, played with and fed on a weekly basis were shot and killed sometime this weekend,” officials with Hope Afield at Blessings Farm wrote on social media. “We cannot begin to imagine who would do such a terrible thing.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the matter, farm officials said. Killing livestock in Alabama is a felony.

The goats were apparently shot and killed by someone between Friday and Saturday night. The animals killed were named Cinnamon, Cocoa and Pepper, and were used for after school programs with children.

The farm’s owners asked for prayers following the incident.

“Please pray for Hope Afield and our students and also pray for the heart of the person or persons who would commit such a crime,” they wrote on social media.

If you have information about who may have committed the crime, please contact the Butler County Sheriff’s Office at 334-382-6251