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Florida FFA student loses goat herd to dog attack

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A Florida FFA student is trying to rebuild her goat herd after a pack of dogs killed five of her goats and injured a sixth last week.

Lauren Munson, a sophomore at Newsome High School, was hit with a tragic blow last week when she found all of her and her friend’s goats had been attacked by a pack of dogs. According to Munson, five of the goats had no chance against the aggressive dogs and unfortunately passed due to their injuries very shortly after. 

Her personal goat, Luna, who took home four blue ribbons and cash prizes from last year’s state fair, survived the attack but will not be up for this year’s fair.

“I had just sent in all of her paperwork for fair and was looking forward to show her at the state fair in February. Unfortunately, now I will not be able to attend fair alongside my other chapter members, which is crushing for me,” Munson said. “I know that Luna would want me to continue showing, so me and Madi have agreed to rebuild the herd and in order to do so, we will need to make some improvements to our ranch.”

That’s why the girls have started a GoFundMe page in the hopes to build a safer pen for their new baby goat herd to live in once they’re old enough to be outside, and to avoid another devastating attack.

“This was our first time raising baby goats, but now that we know how easy it is to lose them, we are going to make sure it never happens again. We need to concrete the edges of the fence, and hopefully install a camera. We will also be building a shed that we can store them into in the night so they are protected from any future attacks,” Munson writes. “Nothing can replace our babies that we have lost, but their legacy will continue into our new ranch. :)”

According to authorities, the dogs attacked a neighbor’s goat on Friday. One of the dogs was captured shortly after the attack. The remaining two dogs were caught by Animal Control while roaming a nearby street on Monday afternoon.

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