Goat found in Lake Boren Park restroom
June 3, 2010
By Tim Pfarr
During a daily check of the Lake Boren Park men’s restroom Friday May 7, city maintenance workers discovered an abandoned baby goat covered with a blanket in a hay-lined crate.
The workers brought the goat back to City Hall, and city staff members fed it fresh fruit and purchased goat milk and a baby bottle for it from Newcastle Fruit and Produce and QFC.
Interim City Manager Rob Wyman said the baby goat was very hungry and thirsty, and city staff members looked after it until workers from the rescue and rehabilitation organization Pasado’s Safe Haven took it that day.
At Pasado’s Safe Haven, the goat was taken to see a veterinarian, and it was found that the goat was paralyzed from the waist down due to an injury it had suffered. All weekend, the goat was placed in a cart and wheeled around in the sunshine, never left unattended. However, on Monday, the goat’s digestive track plugged, leaving its abdomen rock hard, tremendously painful for the goat.
As the condition would repeat itself, workers at Pasado’s Safe Haven decided the best option for the goat was euthanasia.
“We all were very sad about it,” Wyman said. “It was a cute little goat, too, very friendly. We were hoping it was going to have a happy ending somewhere.”
He said there were no leads as to who abandoned the goat.
“We can only speculate at this point,” he said.