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Goat thief cuts off head, dumps body

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DIANA BUCKLEY
Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE - Thieves slaughtered a registered Boer billy goat, then cut off the animal's head and left the body in a ditch about seven miles from the barn.

'I was talking to some friends, just joking around,' said Sterling Shaver, the goat's owner. 'I asked them if maybe they hadn't seen a billy goat running around.'

Shaver said his friend's daughter had seen the body of a goat in a ditch on Highway 2377.

'I guess they figured it was too big to eat,' Shaver said of the 225-pound billy. 'He was way too tough.'

After calling the Sheriff's Department and filing a report about the billy goat, Shaver returned to his barn to find another trail of blood.

This time, someone had slaughtered a young female and carried it away, crossing two fences.

Shaver said he had lost another young kid about two weeks earlier.

'People stop out there all the time wanting some goats to eat,' Shaver said. 'But I don't understand killing the billy.'

According to Shaver, there could be any number of reasons for cutting off the head before disposing of the animal.

'He did have a tag on his ear for identification,' Shaver said. 'Or they wanted the head for the horns.'

Officers also mentioned to Shaver the possibility of kids dabbling in the occult, as suspected in cases where hogs or other animals are slaughtered and their heads left on peoples doorsteps.

'I don't know,' Shaver said. 'I don't look to find anything out, to tell you the truth.'

Shaver said he had been in the habit of keeping one door of the barn open to allow air movement, but has since started locking all of the doors.

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