Middlesbrough Stewart Park staff 'horrified' by goat attack

Goats Billy and Rags Image copyright Middlesbrough Council
Image caption Billy and Rags lived in the pets corner area of the park along with fallow deer, highland cattle and llamas

Staff at a Middlesbrough park have been left "horrified" after two goats died after being attacked by a dog.

Billy and Rags were found "severely injured and distressed" in the animal enclosure at Stewart Park on Wednesday.

Both goats had to be put down due to the extent of their injuries. The attack is believed to have happened on Tuesday night or early Wednesday.

Manager Craig Holmes said they were "traumatised" when they discovered the "well loved" animals were hurt.

Mr Holmes said: "The animals at Stewart Park are one of its biggest attractions, and are particularly popular with children and families.

"It appears that someone has jumped over the fence with a dog and 'baited' the goats in the pen. The goats had no way of escape.

"If this was a deliberate attack, it is completely reprehensible and almost beyond belief.

"Whoever was responsible must be caught to prevent anything like this happening again."

A vet confirmed the animals' injuries were caused by a dog and not a fox or another goat as initially suspected.

Mr Holmes said park staff were liaising with Cleveland Police and CCTV footage from the park was being examined.

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