357. Best Day of
Pet Goat and Two Dog Pals Saved From Sheriff and the Street
Herbst | December 7, 2010
This stray goat (who acts like a dog),
Great Dane and Retriever are an inseparable -- and unlikely -- trio.
It all started in early July on the grounds of a palatial Dallas-area
wedding chapel. On the sprawling lawn lounged a goat and a Great Dane, who
were taken to the nearby East Lake Pet
This was no usual couple. At the orphanage, Judy the Great Dane, and
Minnelli the goat, were inseparable.
"This is definitely the most
unusual inter-species match-up of pets I've ever seen," says Dr. Karen
Fling, the veterinarian who founded the orphanage and owns the East Lake Pet
Hospital that services -- for free -- the orphanage.
"They acted like a
married couple, Judy and Minnelli are bonded at the hip. They eat together,
sleep together, huddle around in a little ball and sleep together. It is
Media coverage of the cuddling couple caught the
attention of the Dallas County sheriff's office. In Texas, Fling soon
learned, it is illegal for someone to harbor stray livestock. "This is all
news to me," Fling says. "I had no idea this law was on the books."
Fling tried to work something out with the deputy sheriff overseeing the
case. But there was nothing Fling could do as Minnelli was taken to the city
animal impoundment facility, locked up with other homeless goats.
Minnelli remained unclaimed by her owners, she'd be transferred to a town
called Mexia, sold at a livestock auction for about $25, and end up as
someone's dinner. "It was heartbreaking for us," Fling says, "to think a pet
that walks on a leash, goes for walks like a dog and is a house pet could be
sold to be eaten."
However, this was no ordinary goat. Thanks to media coverage of
Minnelli's plight and the subsequent public outcry, the Dallas County
Commissioner declared at a press conference: "It's not going to be auctioned
off. I'll guarantee that."
Soon after, Minnelli and Judy's owners
surfaced, and handed ownership of the pair to Fling. They also gave her
their three-legged retriever, Lucky. "He was pining away at home," says
Fling, "missing the other two."
Finally reunited, over 200 families
inquired about adopting them. But first, the ten veterinarians at the
hospital (in the same building as the orphanage) donated their time to spay,
neuter, and de-worm the dogs.
After the dogs healed, Norman and
Sandra Williams of Ennis, Texas adopted the trio on November 27. The "three
amigos" as Sandra calls them, join her cats, dogs, horse, llama, birds,
chickens, geese, and ducks on 3 acres. "They're doing great and they'll be
happy here for the rest of their lives," says Sandra. "They walk around like
a little troop; where one goes, the others go. They just capture your
For more information on this unique pet hospital and
orphanage, go to www.elpo.org or