An Arkansas family woke up last week to find that the animals that they had cared for years had been killed. They’re not sure who did it.
William Wiggins, the owner, told KTHV that eight goats, a calf, and one alpaca were killed. They suffered injuries to their legs and necks.
Donkeys, pigs, and donkeys survived the incident.
According to WREG, the family, who lives in Woodruff County, quit working on the farm at around 7 p.m. They woke to find the animals were killed.
The Woodruff County Sheriff’s Department commented on the killings, writing in a Facebook post that it was a “massacre” at the farm.
“We loved on them, fed them bottles, took them in the house when they were sick,” Wiggins told WBRC. “Everyone knows how much they love their dogs and cats, imagine losing a whole herd of them at one time.”
“When you show up at the pen to check on them in the morning time and every one of them laying in the pen is dead from some type of wound, we all cried,” he continued.
The suspects are cowards, the sheriff said.
“Whoever cowardly did this heinous act to animals as innocent as these in captivity, they will be punished to the extent of the law in the fullest,” Reynolds said.
After posting about the killings, there’s been a local outpouring of support.
“We appreciate each and every one of you. Tuesday morning we will be setting up an account at Merchant and Planters Bank in McCrory,” Reynolds wrote on Facebook. “The account name will be Wiggins Reward Fund. Once again, we want to thank each one of you for your thoughts and concerns as we investigate this matter.”
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