Prince Charming, a goat brought to Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum as part of a program to see if grazing animals can control invasive plant species, died Wednesday afternoon after he and five other goats were attacked by a dog. Video surveillance captured the dog inside the goat enclosure, which is surrounded by an electric fence inside the Woodland Preserve. Human tracks were found alongside the dog tracks leading to and from the enclosure.Mike Woeste, founder of Permaculture Guru, LLC which supervised the goat program, said the person was not caught on camera but images of the dog, which Woeste said was A PIT BULL, will be released Thursday.
He is working with the SPCA to investigate the attack. GoFundMe account was created by Woeste to help pay for the injured goats' medical care.By Thursday night, the account had 347 donations totaled more than $11,100, exceeding the initial fundraising goal of $10,000.
Six goats – Pixie, Dixie, Prince Charming, Curley, Shirley and Della – were injured in the Monday night attack. The five surviving goats were initially in critical condition but are now in stable condition, Woeste said.
Seven goats were brought to preserve area near the center of the cemetery in February to see if grazing could eradicate Winter Creeper, English Ivy and other invasive species that choke out native plants. Spring Grove Cemetary and Arboretum suspended the program after the attack.
The goats are being kept at an undisclosed, safe location, Woeste said.Prince Charming had severe punctures and lacerations on both hind legs and could not nurse on Pixie due to her injuries, according to a post Tuesday morning on Permaculture's Facebook page. Woeste said it seems the goat died of an embolism resulting from injuries incurred in the attack.
"Curley has a broken back, and cannot stand, but she is eating and drinking," Permaculture posted. "... Shirley has a broken scapula, but is eating and drinking. Pixie, Dixie and Della have puncture wounds, lacerations and bruising . "Curley is not able to stand and is in a sling but she wags her tail when she is petted, Woeste said. Permaculture is irrigating the goats' wounds and giving them antibiotic shots. It will take months for the goats to heal completely.