ALDF Offers $1,000 Reward for Information Leading to Arrest and Conviction of Petaluma High School Goat Killer

Posted on April 30, 2014

For immediate release:

Lisa Franzetta, ALDF
Megan Backus, ALDF

rescued-baby-goat-240x240Petaluma, CALIF. — Today, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) announced a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for killing a baby goat. The 15 pound goat was discovered Friday, April 4, strung up from a fence on the campus of Petaluma High School, near a baseball field. Petaluma Animal Control is investigating the incident. The cause of death has not yet been determined. However, under California Penal Code § 597(a), anyone who “maliciously and intentionally maims, mutilates, tortures, or wounds a living animal” can face misdemeanor charges—one year in county lockup and/or a $20,000 fine—or felony charges amounting to up to three years in county jail and/or a $20,000 fine.

Senior Animal Control Officer Mark Scott noted that the individual(s) responsible went to significant lengths to display the animal in that gruesome manner. “Somebody had to be skilled in climbing. Someone had to be skilled in tying a specific knot to hold it there,” he said.

Earlier this week, dead animals were also found at Adrian Wilcox High School in Santa Clara, another Northern California location. Four chickens, one rabbit, and one duck, who were part of a school agricultural program, were killed over the weekend in a school break-in; police have already detained three juvenile suspects in this case. Both instances have proved emotionally traumatic for children at the schools, according to media reports. Students at Adrian Wilcox helped care for the animals who were killed, and many Petaluma High School students live and work with farmed animals. Both incidents are being treated seriously by law enforcement.

“The gruesome slaughter of innocent animals has shocked our community,” said Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “We urge anyone with information about the killing of this baby goat to come forward immediately for the safety of the animals and humans in our community.”

Tips and information regarding the baby goat killing can be sent to Officer Mark Scott at the Petaluma Animal Services Foundation at

13 thoughts on “ALDF Offers $1,000 Reward for Information Leading to Arrest and Conviction of Petaluma High School Goat Killer

  1. DavidG Fisher says:

    Find these scum of the earth, and lock them away forever. Or give them to me.

    1. Jacqueline Fernandez says:

      I will gladly help you

    2. Laura says:

      sounds like the making of a serial killer…dahmer killed and tortured animals…just one example

  2. sheila orff says:

    We need to have tougher laws for people illi.g things for entertainment…it teaches kuds violence is cool…if spanking a child is out why is this not taken care of tougher?? To temove violence..they need to know its not good if they get caught..heartless and phychotic is what is going on..movies and games don’t help this…..and tazing should be outlawed altogether cuz this stuff goes on during that too at times….

    1. Renate says:

      You are so right, I am against all the violence on entertainment that is accessible to children even for adults it is very sick.
      If they government should burn anything then it should be all this violent sick stuff. It´s all about murder, killing, and sadistic pervert inhuman entertainment that messes our society up in a big way. In my house no one is allowed to watch anything sick like that, never.

  3. sheila orff says:

    Peaole like this wont stop with animals…especailly when they only get there hands slapped..

  4. Kim S says:

    Sick and twisted…how about some real justice for a change – an eye for an eye?

  5. Corrina Faulkner says:

    The punishment isn’t harsh enough even if they catch who did this.

  6. Mari Hill says:

    Whoever did this to this poor animal should be punished to the fullest degree when they catch them. This was totally unnecessary.

  7. Maralee Kilts says:

    We need stronger punishment for these kind of people. They are the next people abusers. Potentially very dangerous.

  8. Renate says:

    the laws should be much stronger, the same like for people should be applied. People have a choice but animals are innocent and voiceless therefor the punishment should be ever harder.

  9. Renate says:

    Not to forget ever that these individuals a thread to society, to children and people, they must be put away on a place on earth where only animal and children abusers live and then they can kill each other.

  10. Susanne Trout says:

    A 17-year-old young teen girl used her Mercedes car to run down a 13-year-old boy here in Sacramento because she was convinced he threw a water bottle at her car. She chased him onto someone’s lawn, knocked him down and the only reason he wasn’t killed was bcause her car hit a tree. When comfronted with the montrous nature of her act, she showed absolutely NO REMORSE! One of those privileged teens who because of their famlly’s wealth and given just about anything they want, materially, she lacks humanity and compassion. People who cannot relate to empathy and compassion are extremely dangerous individuals. Most start out tormenting and torturing and killing helpless animals. If they are not stopped, they escalate their vicious behavior. When they catch and charge this “excuse for humanity”, they must order psychiatric treatment and incarceration must be a minimum of two years. And, if you dispute this and think it’s too harsh, imagine your child around someon like this? Would you feel comfortable?

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