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article imageGoat has horns ripped out and leg broken in attack at UK shelter

By Lynn Curwin     Sep 1, 2010 in Crime
Middleton - A pet goat had to be put down after a vicious attack which left him with no horns and broken bones. An RSPCA inspector described the attack as being one of the worst cases of animal cruelty she had ever seen.
Sidney, a 19-year-old black pygmy goat had his horns torn out, one leg was dislocated and another was broken in two places. His injuries were so bad that he was put down.
Deborah Bailey, co-owner of the Tennyson Horse and Pony Sanctuary in Middleton, Greater Manchester, where Sidney had lived for10 years, told Sky News that her 13-year-old son found the goat with two bloody holes in his head where his horns had been ripped out. Her 12-year-old daughter was so upset that she went to stay with her grandmother for a while.
"It is unbearable to think about, Sidney was basically tortured to death,” she said.
"We have not a clue in the world why he was attacked, but someone would have had to know where he was.
"He would not have come out at night but would have gone to his little home under some trees where it is very dark."
RSPCA inspector Caroline Hall said that what happened to Sidney is one of the worst acts of animal cruelty she had ever seen.
No other animals at the sanctuary were injured and nothing was stolen, but a fence was destroyed and ponies and horses had run loose.
The attack occurred between 8pm on August 26, and midday on August 27 in Middleton, Greater Manchester.
"Those responsible for this dreadful attack would probably have gone home muddy and covered in blood," Hall said. "If you have any information at all about this incident, then please get in touch as soon as possible."
Anyone with information is asked to call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
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