TANGIPAHOA PARISH, LA (WVUE) - The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office said Wednesday it is trying to contact several "persons of interest" in the brutal killing of a family's pet goat.
It happened over the weekend on Morgan Howes Road, and the family that owned the goat cannot believe someone could be so cruel. The goat was not only slaughtered, but skinned, and its carcass was left behind for the family to see.
"Come here baby," said Debbie Perret as she petted another goat outside her home.
She said her family loves animals, but what they experienced Sunday was heartbreaking. Ten months ago, the family added two goats, Lilly and Billy, to their family of animals. Both were only a week old at the time.
"We bottle-fed them, Billy and Lilly, they were very bonded to each other," Perret said.
However, when she awoke Sunday and looked outside she did not believe her eyes.
"I noticed my dog outside was pulling something that looked almost like a blanket, which - we didn't have any blankets out there, just the hay," she said.
So she sent her 14-year-old son, Steven, outdoors to investigate.
"He started hollering it's Lilly, it's Lilly," said Perret.
The slain goat was found near the backyard swing set. It was a sight Steven Perret will not soon forget.
"And whenever I got close, I saw hooves and white fur and I was just horrified because why would somebody do this to our pet animal?" he said.
"Somebody took her, killed her. I don't even want to think about what they did to her - and then made a point of coming back a second time to flaunt what they had done, made a point of leaving her hide," Debbie said.
Fortunately, Billy and the other three goats were unharmed.
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the crime. The Perrets said they have no known enemies.
"There are some people who shoot weapons right behind our house a couple of times and we asked them to please not fire guns so close to our home, but that's just about it. They've never really said anything back to us, and it wasn't an ongoing thing," Debbie said.
And she said whomever killed Lilly was familiar with the family's property.
"It's secluded back. It's somebody who has to go behind our house to see that we even have goats. It's just woods, it's private property," she said.
The family's three dogs never barked.
"I would just ask why? Why would you do such a horrible thing?" said Steven.
"This particular goat was our family member," Debbie said. "She had a collar on, she had a brother and other family members. This was our family, we loved her. It was a cruel, horrible, despicable thing that this person did."
And now she, her husband and two sons want those responsible caught. The family is also taking more security measures.
A spokeswoman for the sheriff's office said right now there is no evidence that other animals have been attacked.