Goat Whose Ears Were Burned Off Recovers In Cozy Hats

June 1, 2017 2:42 am
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An innocent baby goat was subject to extreme animal cruelty when an inexperienced veterinarian burned its horn buds off.

Leanne Lauricella, the founder of Goats of Anarchy, a group that rescues and rehabilitates goats with special needs explained to The Dodo, “I was so angry and upset. It’s just a sweet little innocent baby. How could they think of doing anything besides kissing that head?”

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The goat who was only a week and a half old when Lauricella found him was born with big problems. Lawson (whom Lauricella named after a supporter’s son) was born without the middle section of his back legs, and he would need to have his legs amputated. After that, Lawson would have to learn to walk using a special wheelchair cart.

Lauricella told The Dodo that the woman who originally owned Lawson knew that he’d need special care, so she reached out to Lauricella and arranged for her to take him.

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But, prior to that the woman took Lawson to the vet for a checkup, and the vet talked her into disbudding Lawson. The woman had little experience with goats, so she thought she was doing the right thing by taking the vet’s advice.

“This vet convinced her that her babies needed to be done,” Lauricella said. “She said they were very, very pushy, and talked her into it. And once it was done, she was just so horrified that she actually threw up afterwards. And she said, ‘I’m supposed to be his protector, but I didn’t know.’ I don’t blame her at all.”

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Disbudding, or dehorning, is a common practice of removing a young goat’s horns by holding a hot iron to the goats horn buds for several seconds. This cauterizes all the blood vessels that make horns grow. Farmers will often do this to prevent goats from getting caught in fencing and hurting other goats.

Lauricella believes this practice is unnecessary and very cruel. Not only is this disbudding extremely painful for goats (they scream the entire time), Lauricella says, “goat horns are full of blood vessels, and that’s what helps them regulate their body temperature, so that’s what helps them stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter,” Lauricella said. “When you take those away, you’re messing with their bodies.”

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Thankfully, ever since Lawson has been in Lauricella’s care, he is no longer in pain. His head looks awful, so Lauricella decided to dress him up in cozy hats.

“I started to think, ‘He’s not going to have any cute baby picture,’” Lauricella said. “All you’re going to see if this terrible mutilation on the top of his head. So I said, ‘OK, I’m going to get him some cute little hats, so he has some nice baby pictures, and we don’t have to focus on that.'”

Credit: Goats of Anarchy

The hair on top of Lawson’s head has started to grow back, but Lauricella thinks it will take a number of months. In the meantime, she’s been looking for cute summer hats.

To help Lawson and other goats with special needs, please consider making a donation to Goats of Anarchy.

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To bring more awareness to the terrible act of disbudding, please SHARE Lawson’s story with your friends and family on Facebook!

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