10 goats die in night attack

first_imgKeeping farm animals such as goats is not uncommon in Littlerock, an unincorporated rural town east of Palmdale. Danelia Marroquin said she started keeping goats about six months ago in her backyard farm. She said the goats are considered pets, and sometimes she allows them in her home to play with her grandchildren. The goats also produce milk the family drinks and gives away to friends, she said. Danelia Marroquin said the incident was “shocking.” She said sheriff’s deputies who investigated hadn’t heard of an incident such as this in years. “The first thing I thought was that it was a witchcraft thing; I don’t want to think that happened in my house,” she said. “It’s weird because it’s so lonely here in Littlerock, and (the animals) picked my house.” [email protected] (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LITTLEROCK – Danelia Marroquin fought off tears standing beside a farm in the back of her home Wednesday, where 10 of her pet goats had been mauled to death, apparently by a pack of wild animals. The incident is thought to have occurred overnight on the 10100 block of East Avenue R-14. The dead goats were discovered by a caretaker about 7a.m., Marroquin said. Most of the goats were babies, Marroquin said. One was pregnant. Six goats survived the incident. “I’m just really sad. I’ve been crying all day,” Marroquin said. “They were babies. They looked like little reindeer.” Sheriff’s deputies think a pack of wild dogs or coyotes killed the goats. Paw prints of various sizes were visible in the home’s dirt lane leading up to farm. It is unclear precisely when the mauling occurred. Marroquin said nobody in her family heard any disturbance overnight. Marroquin’s daughter Nadia was one of the first to witness the incident. She said it appeared the goats had been choked. She said eight dead goats were found near the entry gate, and two others were found in a ditch in the back of the farm. “They were lying there next to each other, it was nasty,” Nadia Marroquin said. “It was really sad because it was baby goats.” last_img read more