SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Suffolk police are trying to figure out who killed three goats found Monday on a farm on Quince Road.
Owner Jeff Peacock said the goats were fine when he checked them Saturday morning. He spent Mother’s Day away from the farm and came back Monday to feed them, but instead, found them dead.
“All three goats were probably 30 to 40 feet apart, shot in the head the same way,” Peacock said. “If it was an accident, they wouldn’t all be shot the same way.”
Peacock called animal control and sent his sons home. He said the goats were part of the family.
“The kids liked playing with them, especially my youngest,” Peacock said. “Watching the goat chase him, and him turn around and chase the goat.”
The family owns Farmer Frank’s farm market just down the road. They have lived in Suffolk for decades, and in all that time, the family has never made enemies.
“We don’t have any enemies that we know of,” Peacock said.
So, they wonder why someone would shoot their goats. It’s a question Peacock’s kids have asked him over the last few days.
“I just say people are cruel in this world and they have to answer for themselves one day,” he said.
He is worried about the other animals who roam the remote farm — the chickens, the donkey, the pony and a peacock.
“The biggest thing is we still got other animals there, so I’m concerned even more,” Peacock said.
They worry the suspect might strike again.
Suffolk police say a necropsy, or animal autopsy, is not possible in this case because the bodies were badly decomposed. Peacock said officers couldn’t find the bullets at the scene, but he hopes this story will help generate some new leads for police.
If you have any information about this case, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.