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9-Year-Old Girl Sues California State Fair After Her Pet Goat Was Sold & Barbecued



Girl, 9, Sues California State Fair After Her Pet Goat Was Sold & Barbecued

Girl, 9, Sues California State Fair After Her Pet Goat Was Sold & Barbecued

A woman has sued a California county and its district fair after her daughter’s pet goat was sold for $902, slaughtered, and barbecued despite the family wanting to withdraw its entry for auction.

Jessica Long’s family bought Cedar the goat, a seven-month-old white Boer, in April 2022 and the animal soon formed an attachment to her nine-year-old daughter – who fed and cared for it everyday.

However, the family decided to enter Cedar into the Shasta District Fair’s junior livestock auction on June 24, 2022 – where the animals are sold off to be used as meat. But long before the auction started, the Long family changed their minds and wanted to take Cedar off the ticket. The fair denied the request and sold it – so the mom brazenly stole the goat back before it was given to the buyer.

What followed was a wild goat chase – sending officers hundreds of miles across the county to retrieve the goat via a search warrant, before handing it to individuals who are believed to have killed Cedar and roasted him on a barbecue for their guests.

The federal civil rights lawsuit lodged by the Long family, seen by the Sacramento Bee, is now demanding actual, general and punitive damages. It wants to establish the young girl’s ‘free expression or viewpoint with respect to livestock in future livestock activities.’

Cedar, described as a beloved white goat with beautiful chocolate-colored markings, was sold at the Shasta District Fair for $902 to a representative of state Senator Brian Dahle. The mother, after seeing her daughter sob by the goat’s pen at the fair, decided to steal back the animal at the last minute and ‘deal with the consequences later.’

In an email to the Shasta District Fair on June 27, Long wrote: ‘It was heartbreaking. The barn was mostly empty and at the last minute I decided to break the rules and take the goat that night and deal with the consequences later.


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