Churchill and Sadie
Hudson Valley Humane Society’s (HVHS) Humane Law Enforcement Officers charged an adult male resident of Rockland County, NY, with animal cruelty charges related to maintaining farm animals. He was found guilty on 13 counts. The animals included sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, homing pigeons, ducks and geese. Almost all were being raised for slaughter. Relinquishment of the animals to the HVHS began in August 2012. The case had been in the works for 3 years.
WFAS was able to take 4 sheep and 2 goats who had only lived in a small barren pen packed with other animals. One sweet sheep, Nina, had to be euthanized due to her inability to walk and pain from bent, fused knee joints that could not be surgically corrected. The other 3 sheep immediately found a loving home with a donkey at a picturesque paradise in Woodstock. The 2 goats – Sadie and Churchill – came to WFAS to experience the freedom, comfort and care that they lacked previously. Churchill quickly came out of his shell, where Sadie continued to be shy and afraid. She had good reason not to trust humans so she was scared when we led tour groups in to visit the goats. She loves Churchill and would stay by his side. She also became friends with timid Wilfred, and the happy trio has been adopted by Mike and Wendy Stura. They live peacefully together, happily roaming their new home, which includes a forest area.