Several goats have been seized from a Redding home after neighbors complained about injured goats and general care issues. State Department of Agriculture officials removed the goats yesterday from the Cross Highway home. They were evaluated and moved into a trailer for transportation to a state rescue and rehabilitation facility in Niantic.
The goats will be treated by a veterinarian and will remain in state custody and care until the case is adjudicated in the court system.
Complaints to the Department of Agriculture against property owner Nancy Burton date back to 2017 about roaming goats and the number of goats on the property. Local and state animal control officers made multiple visits to the property in attempts to assess and resolve the situation. The animal welfare concerns include mobility issues due to untrimmed hooves, excessive manure, lack of sufficient water, and structures in poor condition that did not provide adequate protection from the weather.
A complaint against the Redding Zoning Board of Appeals was supposed to have a status conference yesterday. 9 goats are allowed on Redding properties, but any additional ones need Board approval. In 2019, Burton filed a complaint against the town and First Selectwoman.