REDDING, Conn. — Connecticut authorities have seized dozens of goats from the Redding home of longtime environmental activist Nancy Burton. The state Department of Agriculture says there were citizen complaints and surveillance that revealed animal welfare concerns, including a lack of water, untrimmed hooves and excessive manure.
Burton tells The Associated Press that about 65 of her goats were seized Wednesday. She denied they were in poor health or neglected in any way. She claims the goats were seized to stop her testing of goat milk for radioactive materials linked to nuclear power plants. The goats were taken to a state animal rescue and rehabilitation facility pending the outcome of court action.
"Removal of the animals is a last resort after attempting to work with the owner to voluntarily improve the standard of care. We appreciate the assistance and cooperation from the Town of Redding. As this investigation is not concluded, and is ongoing, we will limit our comments to what has transpired today," said a spokesperson for the DoAg in a written statement.