UPDATE 8:40 p.m.: According to Emma Wright and WLOS, “Wilbur” has died.
A good samaritan rescued a baby goat in West Asheville today after hearing its cries from a dumpster. The goat was found in a trash bag, and according to the Humane Society, it suffers from undetermined injuries.
The animal, a male goat about two months old, is in critical condition at the Appalachian Animal Hospital in Weaverville according to recent reports on Facebook. It isn’t known if the goat will survive.
The Asheville Humane Society is offering $1000 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who dumped the animal in a dumpster.
Facebook reports say the goat was found in a dumpster in Regent Park Plaza off Regent Park Blvd. off of Patton Avenue.
To share information about the abandoned goat, call the Asheville Police Department at 828-252-1110, or Buncombe County Crimestoppers at 828-255-5050.
Follow the Asheville Humane Society on Facebook for ongoing updates. As of 6:41 p.m. Wednesday evening, the goat is still alive, and has been named Wilbur.
Poor little fella. Ashvegas is pulling for you. #TeamBabyGoat
Every year in America, 260 million male baby chicks are killed the day they are born. One common method of disposal is to throw them into trash bags to suffocate. They are useless to the egg industry and aren’t worth raising for meat, because, unlike “broiler chickens,” they haven’t been genetically manipulated to grow extremely fast (broilers are killed at 6-7 weeks). How ironic that hatchery employees routinely kill newborn male chicks by the millions with impunity, while our community rightly demands that Wilbur’s killer be found and prosecuted.